Teresa Giudice breaks silence on her 15-month prison sentence: "It was very unexpected"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/06/2014
Teresa Giudice has revealed her reaction to the news she will be spending 15 months in prison.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with husband Joe Giudice, which taped the day after her court hearing on Friday and will air October 6 at 9PM ET/PT on Bravo, Teresa opened up about her sentence.
"I was getting so nervous. I was so nervous yesterday that I was shaking," Teresa, 42, told show host Andy Cohen of her experience in court, according toUs Weekly.
"My nerves were pulling. At one point, I couldn't even move my fingers. They were, like, stuck. I couldn't open my hands. My nerves were shot. I've had sleepless nights. I, of course, I was shocked. It was very unexpected. I don't know, I don't even know what to say. I really don't even know what to say."
Teresa also received two years probation. She will reportedly begin her jail sentence on January 5 so she can enjoy the holidays with her family. Joe, 43, will serve his 41 months in prison afterwards so that one parent can be with their four daughters -- Audriana, 5, Milania, 8, Gabriella, 9, and Gia, 13 -- at all times.
"[I said it's] time for me to wake up, like, I do need to read things before I sign them. I do need to understand things before I sign them. I can't just -- I'm a trustworthy person, and sometimes I just take what other people say and I believe them and I trust them and I can't do that anymore," Teresa reportedly explained.
"I've got to make sure I fully understand something or fully read it or find a lawyer -- a contract lawyer -- that could help me, because I don't read contracts every day. So, I want to get better."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star sat next to Joe holding his hand throughout the interview.
"My husband is a great father, a great husband, but I do everything with my daughters," Teresa told Cohen, Us reported. "I'm the one that's hands-on. All I've said to my husband was, 'Please take care of our daughters, that's all I ask. You've got to do what I do.'"
Teresa's oldest child apparently plans to step up to the plate once Teresa gets put behind bars.
"[Gia] said, 'It's going to be okay,'" Teresa said of Gia's reaction.
"She was being strong for me, I could tell. She said, 'Mommy don't worry about it. I'll be there. I'll help Daddy with the girls.' She said, 'That'll make me a better mom. That'll prepare me for when I'm a mom.' Oh my God, it broke my heart when she said that. She said the one person she was worried about was me."
Joe and Teresa both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as three counts of bankruptcy back in March as part of a plea deal to resolve their 41-count federal fraud indictment. Joe also pleaded guilty to failure to file tax returns on nearly $1 million worth of his income.
In addition, the couple admitted to claiming false salaries between the years of 2001 and 2008 and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.