Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is scheduled to plead guilty in his tax evasion case this week. The reality TV star could face up to 15 years in jail.
Mike Sorrentino Court Hearing
Court documents recently revealed that Mike and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, have agreed to take a plea deal in a New Jersey federal court on Friday, Jan. 19. Last week, the siblings reportedly rejected a plea deal, but other details are being kept under wraps.
Mike's attorney, Henry E. Klingeman, confirmed that his client has to report to court at 11 a.m. However, Klingeman could not comment any further regarding the case.
Four years ago, the Sorrentino brothers were first indicted for tax offenses, as well as conspiring to defraud the country after failing to pay their taxes between 2010 and 2012.
Last year, the siblings were indicted on other charges such as falsifying records, as well as for tax evasion. Initially, Mike and Mark claimed innocence in court.
A Learning Experience
After being charged in April last year, the Jersey Shore star said that he is trying to learn from the recent experiences and wants to stay positive until the end. Mike also said that the allegations do not portray him accurately.
"Obviously these certain circumstances that are going on right now aren't the best, but I'm just living the simple life - I have a girlfriend, I have been clean and sober for over a year and a half, I go to meetings, I take care of my body and I'm just kind of enjoying the next chapter of my life," said the reality TV star.
Drug Addiction, Rehabilitation
Mike previously suffered from drug abuse and went to rehab twice. In 2015, he completed his second stint at the facility. At that time, he said that he decided to stay clean because of his ongoing court case.
"If I'm not healthy mentally and physically, I'm not going to make it to the end," said Mike.
Gratitude Toward His Fans
Mike also owes his rehabilitation to his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, his family, and his fans. Mike and Pesce have been together since 2006.
Last year, fans came up to the Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars - Family Edition cast member after his court date and told them that they were praying for them. Mike was touched by this comment and decided to do the right thing.