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Joe Francis Sentenced: 'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Gets 270 Days in Jail

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 01:04 PM

Joe Francis, the founder of "Girls Gone Wild," has been sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head against the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

The 40-year-old Francis, who built a softcore porn empire producing and marketing videos of young women exposing themselves on camera, was sentenced on Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy L. Newman, The Associated Press reported.

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In addition to his time behind bars, Francis was ordered to attend 52 sessions of psychological counseling and to complete an anger management course, according to Deputy City Attorney Mitchell Fox.

In May, a jury convicted Francis of five misdemeanor charges — three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, the AP reported.

Francis' attorney, Steve Levine, told reporters that his client plans to appeal the decision, claiming that key details of the case were proven false in court, despite the jury's conclusion.

"Joe has always maintained his innocence," Levine said, adding that the judge had come "to a very fair and measured decision."

Prosecutors asked for four years in county jail for Francis.

Despite the 270 day sentence, Francis will soon be free on bail, after he posts a $250,000 bond this week, according to his attorney. Francis will remain free while the appeal process takes its course.

The incident occurred on Jan. 29, 2011, when at a college graduation party in Hollywood, Francis met three women. The porn entrepreneur grabbed one of the girls by the arm and took her back to his limo, according to the prosecution. The other two women reportedly followed, under the impression that they were being brought back to the car.

The four ended up inside a gated area of Francis' Bel Air home.

There, Francis showed interest in one of the women and tried to lead her away, but her friend pulled her back, Fox said.

Francis then "jumped on the friend, took her to the ground, choked her, slammed her head against the ground, dragged her across the ground, and when she got back up, did it several more times," Fox told the AP.

According to Fox, the girls then threatened to call the police, to which Francis said, "go ahead and call the police," adding that he "owns the police" and that the officers wouldn't arrest him.

Shortly after his May conviction, Francis described members of the jury as "mentally f—ing retarded," adding, "they should all be lined up and shot," in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Francis later apologized for his comments.

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Joe Francis, the founder of "Girls Gone Wild," has been sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head against the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.
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