Monday, August 29, 2011

Anchorage "Hot Sauce Mom" Jessica Beagley Sentenced To Six Months In Jail And $2,500 Fine, All Suspended; Boycott Dr. Phil Campaign Launched

NOTE: All posts on this case available HERE, with the most recent post appearing first.

On August 29th, 2011, Anchorage "hot sauce mom" Jessica Beagley appeared in court and learned her fate. Judge David Wallace sentenced her to 180 days in jail and a $2,500 fine. But both the jail time and the fine are suspended so long as she complies with the terms of her probation. She's been placed on probation for three years, during which time she must continue to attend counseling sessions with her son. Beagley was facing as much as one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

A full ADN story offers more details. Municipal prosecutor Cynthia Franklin recommended 30 days in jail with another 330 days suspended, as well as a $1,500 fine, with the intent of sending a warning to other parents seeking reality TV fame at the expense of their children. Defense attorney William Ingaldson asked for a suspended imposition of sentence, which would have allowed the conviction to be dismissed from her record if she met certain conditions. He cited more than 20 letters filed in support of Jessica Beagley and noted that the state Office of Children's Services had investigated the family and saw no need to remove the children, adding that the couple has been punished ever since the show aired with people standing outside their house and making threats. Beagley also testified on her own behalf, showing obvious remorse. KTVA news video embedded below:

It now appears it's less likely that Russia would seek to repatriate the Russian adoptee twins. Pavel Astahkov, the Kremlin children's rights ombudsman, said "I cannot say that this ruling completely satisfies us, but we must accept the verdict...The conviction of Beagley and the sentence applied, while conditional, shows that the American justice system is prepared to punish parents who have humiliated their children, and that American society will not close its eyes to such cases."

Meanwhile, a "Boycott Dr. Phil" campaign has been launched on Facebook, albeit over another issue. Boycott proponents are incensed about Dr. Phil's interview with George and Cynthia Anthony, the grandparents of Caylee Anthony and the parents of Casey Anthony. The Anthonys will be disclosing facts during the interview that have heretofore not emerged publicly. Boycott proponents don't believe Dr. Phil should be profiting from Caylee Anthony's death. The episode is scheduled to air on September 12th. However, since Dr. Phil's producers actually goaded Jessica Beagley into providing the video, thus exposing herself to criminal liability, Dr. Phil could be considered an unindicted co-conspirator in this case, and it would be appropriate for us Alaskans to consider joining this boycott. There are actually multiple Facebook sites.

Primary Facebook boycott site:


If you want to extend the boycott to Dr. Phil's sponsors, a five-part list of sponsors is available at the following link:


1 comment:

  1. It's a shame that she got off like that. A little jail time would have made her realize how lucky she is to have kids. I hope she comes to like millstones.