Teresa Giudice only started serving her 15-month prison sentence following multiple fraud charges Monday, but it appears “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” may not be locked up as long as originally anticipated. Despite initially being scheduled to finish her time at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, in the spring of 2016, People Magazine is reporting that the Bravo reality star will be released early.
According to the magazine, the Federal Bureau of Prison’s inmate locator now lists Feb. 5, 2016 as Giudice’s official date of release. Her original release date was expected to occur in April 2016.
In October, a Newark, New Jersey, judge ruled that Giudice, 42, would be forced to serve 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Her husband and “Real Housewives” co-star, Joe Giudice, is set to begin serving his 41-month sentence for similar charges when Teresa returns home.
After a highly-publicized court battle, and an intense couple of days leading up to the start of her prison sentence, Giudice left her Montville, New Jersey, mansion on midnight Monday before entering the East Coast facility at 3 a.m. She is said to have chosen to admit herself in the early morning hours in order to avoid the media and as to not upset her daughters, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 4.
Despite originally expressing her fear over enteresting prison, the reality star’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., said she had only positive remarks to share Monday. “She said, ‘Tell Joe and the girls I’m good,” Leonard told People Magazine. While Leonard admitted that Giudice was somber during her last few hours of freedom, he claimed she appeared strong while heading to the minimum security prison.
“She was great. She was strong. She said, ‘I know I am going to get through this.’ She was very, very upbeat. She was like, ‘Hey. Let’s go. Let’s get this done,'” Leonard said.
Giudice's last interview ahead of her prison term start date was published on Glam.com's YouTube channel Tuesday. "I wake up every morning and I live for them," she said of her four daughters. "My daughters are my world."