A federal judge Monday sentenced the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire to 35 days in prison and fined him $5,000 after he pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge.
Joe Francis, the Santa Monica-based multimillionaire who has made a fortune selling risque videos of scantily clad women, was arrested by federal marshals two weeks ago after he failed to meet a deadline to appear in court.
"We're disappointed Joe was convicted on one of the charges, but at least the end of this ordeal is in sight," Jan Handzlik, Francis' attorney, said in a statement. "It's pretty unusual for a businessman to be shackled, jailed and held in solitary confinement, all stemming from his failure to mediate and settle a civil case."
Francis could have received as much as six months in federal custody. He has already served 14 days of his sentence.