Lawyers appeal to reduce Jared Fogle's child porn prison sentence

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Jared Fogle's Lawyers to Ask for Shorter Prison Sentence

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Jared Fogle's appeal for a shorter prison sentence will go before a panel of judges in a Chicago courtroom on Friday, May 20.

The defense is expected to argue that Judge Tanya Walton Pratt overstepped her authority when sentencing Fogle.

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Last November Fogle was sentenced to 15.5 years in prison. Per the terms of his plea agreement, the maximum sentence prosecutors could recommend in this case was 12.5 years.

Fogle pleaded guilty to a single count of distributing and receiving child porn and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Senior Litigation Counsel, Steven DeBrota, explains the charges against Subway Pitchman, Jared Fogle, during a press conference on August 19, 2015 at the United States Attorneys Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fogle was part of a Federal Investigation which included a raid of his home in July 2015. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Jared Fogle (R) gets into a car in front of the courthouse on August 19, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fogle was part of a Federal Investigation which included a raid of his home in July 2015. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
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Fogle believes in some cases he was sentenced for his fantasies, that he says didn't actually take place. Prosecutors maintain those fantasies were rooted in reality because Fogle paid to have sex with children. They say even if he was unsuccessful at times, he made attempts to find other children.

Fogle will not physically be in the Chicago courtroom for the appeal hearing, and both sides will get a maximum of ten minutes before the judges. It will likely take months for the panel to reach a decision on this matter.

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