Jen Shah’s husband, Sharrieff Shah Sr, and their two sons, Sharrieff Jr., and Omar, have each written emotional letters to the judge presiding over the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star’s fraud case, begging for leniency.
Court documents show that Jen submitted numerous letters from her family and friends to encourage the judge to go easy on her during her sentencing hearing on January 6, 2023.
In July 2022, Jen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud while also agreeing to forfeit $6.5 million as part of her plea agreement.
Jen faces up 14 years in prison but believes she only deserves to be sentenced to three years behind bars.
In letters written by Coach Shah, Sharrieff Jr., and Omar, they beg the judge to go easy on Jen, stating that she got caught up with “awful people” and has “genuine remorse” for her crimes.
“I am Jennifer Shah’s eldest son. I am writing to you with the hope that I may accurately describe my mother’s character and provide an idea of who she truly is,” Sharrieff Jr told the court in his letter.
“I recognize that regardless of her recent mistakes, my mother has exemplified positive ideals throughout my entire life. I am happy to have learned from her and to have gained an understanding that all individuals are flawed, and these flaws do not negate their positive aspects,” he added.
“From my earliest memories, I can recall my mother modeling the ideals of generosity and caring,” he said before claiming his mom used her RHOSLC fame for good.
“My mother has developed a platform that she utilizes to support social justice movements, healthcare reform, and equality in multiple forms. She has volunteered to speak at panels on racial prejudice in our local community, and she has served as a spokeswoman for racial affinity groups across Utah. My mother has marched in support of her political beliefs and empowers others to do the same,” he wrote.
He continued, “While my mother has done and continues to do commendable things, she is not perfect. She is flawed and has made mistakes that have hurt numerous people and their families. I am aware that she has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and I am inexplicably hurt and saddened for the families that have been impacted.”
“While I understand that there must be a consequence for these actions, I am asking that you view my mother through a lens of forgiveness and compassion. I believe that my mother recognizes her wrongdoings and will be a better service to society if given a sentence of probation,” Sharrieff Jr concluded.
Omar’s letter was sealed by the court.
In Coach Shah’s six-page letter, he says that the “awful people” Jen went into business with got her caught up in their “catastrophically bad business decisions.”
Coach Shah says that Jen took “the first huge step” of acknowledging her role in the nationwide telemarketing scheme. He claims that Jen is also a humanitarian and detailed some of her advocacy work which includes “donating dresses” to “underprivileged” girls for their prom.
“Jen has expressed her genuine remorse to me so many times for what she has done and the people hurt by her criminal actions,” Sharrieff Sr. wrote. “Jennifer is truly a good woman, mother, wife, sister, and daughter who made bad decisions.”
He then asked the judge for leniency so that Jen could get “back to work sooner” in order to start repaying the victims.
“My wife is not a career criminal, and she has no prior criminal history,” he continued. “She is committed to doing whatever it takes to make things right.”
“Although many judicial officers in your position believe justice requires punishment, please bear in mind that my wife has been dealing with a level of punishment since the day she was arrested on March 30, 2021. Judge Stein, I beg you to please show mercy on my wife when issuing your sentence,” Sharrieff concluded.
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Source: Radar Online