Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein to traffic several underage girls and sexually abuse them. Unfortunately, Epstein’s client list has yet to be released.
Maxwell, who is 60 years old, was convicted of five charges in December.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said that Maxwell’s sentence was “sufficient and not greater than necessary.”
Maxwell was placed on suicide watch prior to sentencing, which could have affected the outcome of the case.
Maxwell’s attorney, Bobby Sternheim, wrote a letter to U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan, saying, “If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment.”
That obviously didn’t happen.
In court, Sarah Ransome, one of Maxwell’s victims, said, “You broke me in unfathomable ways. But you didn’t break my spirit nor did you dampen my internal flame that now burns brighter than ever before.”
Then Ransome broke down in tears when she described how she attempted suicide multiple times and tried to “jump off a cliff into shark-infested waters” to escape the island.
Ransome continued, “Like Hotel California, you could check into the Epstein-Maxwell dungeon of sexual hell, but you could never leave. I frequently experience flashbacks and wake up in a cold sweat from nightmares reliving the awful experience.”
After sentencing, Ransome told reporters, “‘I am sorry’ doesn’t cut it. I wish she was sorry when she was forcing me into a room to be raped. That’s when I wish she was sorry.”
It’s difficult to comprehend that Maxwell only received 20 years in prison. In comparison, bank fraud carries a max sentence of 30 years and mail and wire fraud has a max sentence of 20 years.
Prosecutors originally wanted Maxwell sentenced to 30-55 years, saying that it “sends a message that those who conspire with sexual predators will be held responsible for their significant role in these crimes.”