Ghislaine Maxwell, the confidante of deceased sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for sex-trafficking-related charges and five years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a $750K fine. Maxwell, 60, plans to appeal her conviction. 

The British socialite was convicted in December of five of six counts, including transporting a minor to participate in illegal sex acts and two counts of conspiracy. Federal prosecutors had asked for at least a 30-year sentence for Maxwell’s role in effectively managing a sex ring for Epstein between 1994 and 2004 and recruiting underaged girls to be made available for the former financier’s associates. Maxwell was sentenced on only three counts after the judge ruled two were repetitive. 

The sentencing comes nearly two years after Maxwell’s arrest for conspiring with Epstein, who died by suicide in his prison cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial (see timeline).