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On Feb. 4, former 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star, Geoffrey Paschel, was sentenced to 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole. In Oct. 2021, Geoffrey was found guilty on three counts related to an incident with an ex-girlfriend in 2019. According to the judge, many factors played into Geoffrey’s sentencing, including prior charges and convictions.

Geoffrey Paschel wearing a navy blue polo during a confessional of '90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days' Season 4 on TLC.
Geoffrey Paschel, ’90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’ | TLC

Geoffrey found guilty of domestic abuse

On Oct. 6, Geoffrey Paschel’s trial live-streamed on CourtTV. The victim, Kristen Wilson, took the stand and revealed shocking details of the night of Jun. 9, 2019. The Knox County Office of the District Attorney General announced:

“In a two-day trial in October, Assistant District Attorneys Heather Good and Jake Ens explained to the jury that on June 9, 2019, officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in the Rocky Hill area of west Knoxville. 

When they arrived, the victim told officers that she had been assaulted in her home by Paschel.  Paschel grabbed the victim by the neck and slammed her head against the wall several times. She was also thrown to the ground and dragged. 

Paschel took the victim’s cell phone and did not allow her to leave the residence. The victim fled to a neighbor’s house after Paschel fell asleep. Officers noted a large, raised bruise on the victim’s forehead along with bruises and abrasions on her back, arms, and the inside of her lip. She was also diagnosed with a concussion. At trial, Paschel testified that the victim’s bruises were self-inflicted, but the jury discredited his testimony and found him guilty-as-charged.”

Knox County

On Oct. 7, after only 45 minutes of deliberations from the jury, Geoffrey was found guilty on all counts – aggravated kidnapping, domestic violence, and interference of an emergency call.

Geoffrey sentenced to 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole

Knox County released a statement to the public, revealing the outcome of the judge’s order. The press release reads: “Geoffrey Ian Paschel, 44, was convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping, Domestic Assault, and Interference with Emergency Calls. Judge Kyle Hixson ordered Paschel to serve eighteen years in prison without the possibility of parole.”

The release ends: “‘With the sentence in this case, no other victims will be abused by this offender for a long time,’ said DA Charme Allen.”

Other charges factored into Geoffrey’s sentencing

According to the statement, Geoffrey’s previous charges factored into the sentencing. The statement revealed that the “prosecutors successfully argued that Paschel is a Range II Offender.”

This was based on charges in Blount County for drugs, including “Possession with Intent to Sell a Schedule I Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule II Cocaine.”


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Also, for his convictions in the Eastern District of Texas, two federal drug trafficking convictions played into the sentencing. In addition to the prior charges, the prosecution brought further evidence to the judge.

The statement reveals: “Prosecutors also put on proof from this victim and Paschel’s ex-wife about several previous incidents of domestic violence committed by Paschel. Jail video was also presented in which Paschel asked individuals to take his children to the victim’s house in an attempt to convince her to ask the Court for leniency.”

Many 90 Day Fiancé fans remember Geoffrey’s journey on Before the 90 Days Season 4, when he went to Russia to meet his then-girlfriend, Varya Malina. She is currently living in Knoxville, caring for Geoffrey’s rental properties, dogs, and home.

How to get help from domestic abuse: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233