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Prosecutors seek 30 to 55-year sentence for Ghislaine Maxwell

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Federal prosecutors say convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell ought to be sentenced to a minimal of 30 years and as much as 55 years for her “instrumental function within the horrific sexual abuse of a number of younger teenage women,” in keeping with a sentencing memorandum.

Within the memorandum filed Wednesday within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York, prosecutors wrote Maxwell, a British socialite, loved “a lifetime of extraordinary luxurious and privilege” whereas partaking in a “disturbing settlement” with financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of 5 federal intercourse trafficking expenses associated to her role in recruiting and grooming teenage women to be sexually abused by Epstein, her shut confidant.

“As an alternative of displaying even a touch of acceptance of duty, the defendant makes a determined try to forged blame wherever else she will,” prosecutors stated within the sentencing memo.

Maxwell’s makes an attempt to “forged aspersions on the Authorities for prosecuting her, and her declare that she is being held accountable for Epstein’s crimes, are each absurd and offensive,” prosecutors added.

Within the memo, prosecutors wrote that Maxwell lately reported that she has nearly no property regardless of telling the court docket in bail purposes that she had $22 million.

Prosecutors within the memo described Maxwell as a multi-millionaire and stated the court docket ought to impose the utmost whole allowable advantageous of $750,000.

Maxwell’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark early Thursday.

Final week, they filed a sentencing memorandum through which they argued for a sentence under the 20 years advisable by the probation division.

The memo, filed June 15, says Maxwell shouldn’t be sentenced as a proxy for Epstein. “It might be a travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that might have been acceptable for Epstein,” it says.

In one other doc, Maxwell’s attorneys declare the right sentencing pointers is between 51 and 63 months, or lower than six years.

Epstein was convicted in 2008 for procuring a toddler for prostitution, and died by suicide in 2019 at a Manhattan correctional middle the place he was being held on federal sex-trafficking expenses.

Maxwell’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28.

Phil Helsel, Colin Sheeley and Alec Hernandez contributed.