Austin Jones is going to jail.
As we reported in 2017, the YouTube star — known for his a cappella covers of famous pop songs — was arrested and charged with child pornography charges. In February of this year, the social media personality plead guilty to one count of felony child pornography.
On Friday, the 26-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Per Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago:
“Austin Jones was sentenced this afternoon to 10 years in prison with 8 years of supervised release, which is essentially probation. Jones will be back in court on Monday where a judge will determine when he will begin serving his sentence. It’s possible the judge could send him to prison as soon as Monday.”
According to his plea agreement, he received sexually explicit videos from several underage girls in 2016 and 2017.
The agreement also stated that he told one underage girl to keep proving she was his “biggest fan” by taking sexually explicit videos of herself.
Additionally, Jones allegedly attempted to persuade minor girls to send him videos and photographs of body parts on approximately 30 other occasions using Facebook‘s messaging feature.
Following his arrest nearly two years ago, the vlogger was released from custody on a $100,000 bond, and was ordered to home confinement. He was also banned from going online.
After his guilty plea, YouTube terminated his account.
When word of his jail sentence broke, social media users applauded the decision on Twitter.
Read all of their responses (below):
“AUSTIN JONES GOT TEN F**KING YEARS IN PRISON CAN I GET A YEEHAW”
“austin jones got 10 years in prison but hopefully someone in there finds out what he did and beats him to de*th”
“Austin Jones has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with an additional 8 years of supervised release. Again WISH he would have gotten harsher but I’ll take this.”
“if there’s a video of austin jones being sentenced in court today, please send it to me”
“I would pay good f**king money to get a clip of Austin Jones’s bitch ass crying rn. F**kboy is about to lose 10 years of his life.”
“The only irritating thing is that all the pics I have seen of Austin Jones are of him looking sweet and innocent. We do not need to show pics of him looking nice. It creates sympathy for him. Why don’t we show the pics of him when he posted bail. Show who he actually is.”
“so austin jones might get 11 years in prison instead of the electric chair? disappointed but not surprised.”
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