Savannah Chrisley is vowing to “show up” for her younger siblings in the wake of her reality star parents Todd and Julie Chrisley being sentenced to a collective 20-year prison term.
Todd Chrisley received 12 years in prison and 16 months of probation, while his wife Julie received seven years in prison and 16 months of probation, according to FOX 5 Atlanta and Insider.
Savannah Speaks On Potentially Taking Custody Of Younger Siblings
Prior to her parents’ sentencing on Monday, the 25-year-old recorded an episode of her podcast Unlocked With Savannah Chrisley. In the pre-recorded episode she mentions potentially taking custody of her younger brother Grayson Chrisley, 16, and adoptive sister Chloe Chrisley, 10.
It’s just really hard to sit here, four days before I go sit in the courtroom. I don’t know what my fate is, what my family’s fate is. I know that the short term is going to be really difficult and I may come home without both of my parents. That’s what the chances are, that’s the likelihood and that’s my new normal.
Savannah goes on to note that if her parents are sentenced and she does receive custody of her younger siblings, this upcoming Thanksgiving will be much different than any other for the family.
I come home Tuesday and I have custody of a 16-year-old, I have custody of a 10-year-old. And we spend our first Thanksgiving not as a family.
Savannah Feels A “Level Of Guilt”
This new normal has prompted Savannah to feel a level of guilt toward her siblings.
I think that’s the hard part, I think there’s a level of guilt too for myself, knowing that Chloe and Grayson aren’t going to have that same feeling, of, ‘Are Mom and Dad going to be home tonight?’ And I think that’s the hardest part, is me trying to navigate how to teach two children who aren’t fully developed yet, that. And how to navigate the circumstances. That’s a really difficult thing.
Despite the challenge, Savannah acknowledges that she has to “be a positive role model for Chloe and Grayson.”
No matter how hard it gets, I have to show up.
Todd And Julie Are Planning To Fight Their Convictions
Chrisley family attorney Alex Little of Burr & Forman LLP issued a statement to E! News on Tuesday, stating that the married couple plan to “appeal” their convictions.”
Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family. But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions… Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.
According to E! News, the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s public information officer in Georgia declined to respond.
As The Shade Room previously reported, Todd Chrisley, 53, and Julie Chrisley, 49, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was also convicted of wire fraud.
The couple is accused of framing upwards of $30 million from community banks between 2007 to 2012 and boosting their net worth to receive loans from smaller banks.