Todd Chrisley is facing his first Thanksgiving in prison, and he is not happy about it. The former star of Chrisley Knows Best is “very upset about his situation” and spending the holidays “around other inmates instead of loved ones,” his rep told TMZ on Tuesday, November 21. Todd Chrisley, 54, and his wife, Julie Chrisley, 50, both reported to prison in January after being convicted of 12 counts of tax evasion, bank and wire fraud and conspiracy. Todd Chrisley is currently serving his sentence at Federal Prison Camp, Pensacola in Florida while Julie is at Federal Medical Center, Lexington in Kentucky.
A Glimmer of Hope for Todd Chrisley
Although the couple won’t be sitting down to a family meal this Thanksgiving, their daughter Savannah Chrisley, 26, is planning to visit both of them at some point this holiday season, TMZ reported. Savannah also shared some good news that gave her some renewed hope this holiday season: an appeals court granting a request for oral arguments in her parents’ case.
“We are spending Thanksgiving a little different this year because I wasn’t going to fake it. I wasn’t going to do the traditional Thanksgiving we’re always used to,” Savannah said in an Instagram video on Monday, November 20. “But I got a call this morning and the appeals court has granted our oral arguments. I literally was sobbing. It is one step closer to getting mom and dad home. The kids are freaking out. I’m freaking out. … It’s just amazing.”
Savannah said that the oral arguments will begin the week of March 25, 2024. “Only about six percent of cases that are submitted for oral arguments get accepted. So, this is huge news,” she said. “We get to go and argue why mom and dad should be home. God is good. Thanksgiving win!”
A Tough Time
Despite the good news, prison life is no picnic — and Savannah claims her attempts to raise awareness about the alleged living conditions in lockup have come at a cost.
“It’s been really tough [on my parents] since I started speaking out about everything,” Savannah told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “That’s been the toughest part. More so for Dad. There’s been a lot of retaliation, so we have to worry [about him].”
Savannah claimed that guards began targeting her father after she called his prison “a death trap” via Instagram. “They’re trying to move him from the facility he’s at now, because of the latest things that I’ve posted. And that’s the tough part — the moment you start speaking out, you have to pay for it,” she said.