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Prosecutors seek 30-55 year sentence for Ghislaine Maxwell

Federal prosecutors have said convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell should face a minimum sentence of 30 years and up to 55 years for her “determinant role in the horrific sexual abuse of several young teenage girls,” according to a sentencing memorandum.

In the memorandum filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, prosecutors wrote that Maxwell, a British socialite, enjoyed “a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege” while engaging in a ” troubling deal” with financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of five federal sex trafficking charges related to her role in recruiting and grooming teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, her close confidant.

“Instead of showing even a hint of acceptance of responsibility, the defendant is desperately trying to lay blame wherever she can,” prosecutors said in the sentencing memo.

Maxwell’s attempts to “defame the government for prosecuting her, and her claim that she is held responsible for Epstein’s crimes, are both absurd and offensive,” prosecutors added.

In the memo, prosecutors wrote that Maxwell had recently reported she had almost no assets, despite telling court in bail applications that she had $22 million. dollars.

Prosecutors in the memo described Maxwell as a multi-millionaire and said the court should impose the maximum allowable total fine of $750,000.

Maxwell’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Thursday.

Last week, they filed a sentencing brief in which they argued for a sentence less than the 20 years recommended by the probation service.

The memo, filed June 15, says Maxwell should not be convicted as Epstein’s proxy. “It would be a travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein,” he said.

In another document, Maxwell’s attorneys say the correct sentencing guidelines are between 51 and 63 months, or less than six years.

Epstein was convicted in 2008 of procuring a child for prostitution and died by suicide in 2019 at a Manhattan correctional facility where he was being held on federal sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28.

Phil Helsel, Colin Sheley and Alec Hernandez contributed.

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