Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years, eight months in prison Thursday for possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines for commercial sex with a minor.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the sentence for the former Subway pitchman in federal court in Indianapolis.
Fogle was taken into custody of the U.S. Marshal after the four-hour, 42-minute hearing. He was handcuffed behind his back and led out of the courtroom as family members hugged and cried.
Immediately after the hearing, Fogle blew a kiss and waved goodbye to family members in the front row. About a dozen family members and friends attended the hearing.
The sentence is more than the 12 1/2 years that prosecutors agreed to seek in a plea deal. Pratt said the advisory sentence range of 135 to 168 months “does not sufficiently account for the defendant’s criminal conduct.”
Federal prisoners must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. The judge recommended that Fogle be sent to a prison in Littleton, Colo., because of its program for sex offenders.
“Federal judges do not sentence based on emotion or public sentiment,” Pratt said. She added, “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”