Duggar Family Acquaintance Claims Anna Duggar Used ‘Manipulation’ to Get Support for Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar’s sentencing is officially over, and the Duggar family continues to react to the news. Prior to his sentencing date, Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar, as well as his mother, Michelle Duggar, wrote letters to the judge pleading for a light sentence. Duggar family friends also wrote letters. Now, a son-in-law of one family friend who supported Josh in a letter is calling out Anna for alleged “manipulation.”

Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar, and Duggar family friends supported Josh in letters to the judge

Duggar family member Josh Duggar posing with a pregnant Anna Duggar at a conference
Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Prior to Josh Duggar’s sentencing, Anna Duggar and others who support Josh wrote letters to Judge Timothy L. Brooks. The letters were all personalized and based on their experiences with Josh through the years. They contained anecdotes of why they considered Josh to be a good man. Anna’s letter, in particular, noted Josh’s alleged kindness to her and their (now seven) children.

“I ask that you consider reuniting us as a family again soon,” Anna wrote. “I understand the seriousness of this matter, however, I respectfully ask that you take this letter into consideration when determining a fair sentence.”

Michelle Duggar also wrote a letter to support her son. So did Nicole Burress, a Duggar family neighbor; David Waller, Josh’s brother-in-law; Raphael Perez, a friend who’s known Josh for years; and LaCount Reber, a friend who helped Josh after his arrest, among others.

A Duggar family acquaintance claims Anna Duggar ‘manipulated’ a woman who wrote a letter supporting Josh

Before Josh Duggar’s sentencing, the letters prove he received an outpouring of support from a few Duggar family members and friends. But now, the son-in-law of one of the letter writers is calling out Anna Duggar. According to the son-in-law, his mother-in-law, Denise Wilson, wrote a letter in support of Josh. But he posted online that Anna used “manipulation” on Wilson to get that support.

“News coverage of Josh Duggar’s sentencing today revealed that my mother-in-law, under the manipulation of Anna Duggar, wrote a letter to the judge asking for leniency in the sentencing of Josh’s child pornography case,” the son-in-law wrote, according to a screenshot captured on Reddit. “Neither I, nor my wife, knew she was planning to do so, and I feel that our position should be made abundantly clear.”

The letter continued by stating he and his wife do not support Josh in any way. “What awaits Josh Duggar in hell will be 10,000 times worse than anything a federal judge can come up with,” he wrote as the final line.

Josh Duggar’s sentencing was completed on May 25, 2022

Josh Duggar’s sentencing took place on May 25, 2022. He was sentenced to prison for 151 months, or just over 12.5 years. According to KNWA Fox24, Judge Timothy L. Brooks also stated Josh will have 20 years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

Additional stipulations upon his release include “no unsupervised contact with minors.” Josh needs to receive approval from the U.S. probation office before “attending any such place, function, or event” where minors could be present.

Josh cannot “possess, use, or have access to a computer or any other electronic device that has internet or photograph storage capabilities without prior advance notice and approval of the U.S. Probation Office.” He also must participate in a sex-offense treatment program that he has to pay for “if financially able.”

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