Ghislaine Maxill should be sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for her involvement in the recruitment of young girls by Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse, according to newly filed written arguments.
In paperwork filed before her Tuesday sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors stated that Epstein’s former gal friend and right-hand lady of Epstein deserved a sentence of between 30 and 55 Years in Prison.
They said Maxwell — who was convicted in December of sex trafficking and other crimes — played an “instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of multiple young teenage girls”From 1994 to 2004.
“As part of a disturbing agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed, and abused multiple victims, while she enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege,”The prosecutors made the following statements.
They scoffed at Maxwell’s lawyers’ pleas for a lighter sentence last week. Defense attorneys said Maxwell should serve no longer than five years prison time for her ex-socialite status in Britain.
But prosecutors argued Wednesday that Maxwell’s victims deserve to see justice withheld through an adequate prison sentence in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines — which recommend about 24 to 30 years.
“In her wake, Maxwell left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries,”The prosecution wrote. “That damage can never be undone, but it can be accounted for in crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes.”
They called the defense lawyers’ claims that Maxwell, 60, is being punished as a proxy for Epstein — who killed himself while awaiting trial in 2019 — in his absence “absurd and offensive.”
The prosecutors said the one-time girlfriend of Epstein hasn’t taken “even a hint of acceptance of responsibility,”Instead, take responsibility wherever you can.
Last week, Maxwell’s lawyers blamed the alleged childhood trauma and abuse she suffered at the hands of her father as the reason she was vulnerable to Epstein’s grip.
“Maxwell was an adult who made her own choices,”In response, the prosecutors stated. “She made the choice to sexually exploit numerous underage girls. She made the choice to conspire with Epstein for years, working as partners in crime and causing devastating harm to vulnerable victims.”
According to the prosecutors, she also showed an additional sign of her sexual orientation “utter lack of remorse”For sending girls sexually abusing young girls.
They also dismissed defense attorney’s claims that Maxwell deserves leniency because she has suffered a worse imprisonment than typical pretrial detainees — including multiple death threats.
“The defendant has enjoyed remarkable privileges as a high-profile inmate that vastly exceed the benefits accorded to the average inmate,”Prosecutors stated in written arguments.
“It is unsurprising that a woman who had led a life of incredible luxury should complain about her life as a prisoner, but that fact does not come close to meriting leniency at sentencing, much less the extraordinary degree of leniency the defendant seeks.”
With Post wires
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