Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is finally a free man, as he was just released from a New York penitentiary.
The Jersey Shore star was released from Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, NY Thursday morning.
Sorrentino’s wife, Lauren Pesce, was there to accompany him as he made his anticipated exit from the correctional facility.
“The Situation” released a statement to E! News where he thanked his family, friends, and fans for their love and support. He said that he is “elated to finally close this chapter,” and also took the time to let everyone know that he and his wife are looking forward to continuing their lives together, and “working on baby situations!”
The college sweethearts said “I do” in November of 2018 at The Legacy Castle in New Jersey, and spent their first holidays together as husband and wife. Shortly after, in January of 2019, Sorrentino self-surrendered to authorities and officially began his sentence on January 15th.
While he admitted he was “not happy with the result,” he did say that he was ready to be held “accountable and responsible.”
During his stay at the federal correctional facility, Sorrentino still had internet service while behind bars, as castmate Snooki said that he kept in touch through email at least once a week. Vinny and Pauly D also confirmed that they would speak with him “every day.”
“The Situation” was serving time for one count of tax evasion, after he pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court in January of 2018. His older brother, Marc Sorrentino, who has worked with him, also pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return.
The brothers were indicted for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States in 2014, in connection with trying to hide millions of dollars that the reality star earned between 2010 and 2012. Sorrentino’s accountant, Gregg Mark, also admitted to filing the fraudulent returns in federal court in December of 2015.
The reality star was sentenced to eight months behind bars in October of 2018, and after release, is now expected to complete two years of supervised release and 500 hours of community service. He has already paid off his $10,000 fine and a $123,000 restitution fee.