Geoffrey Paschel Update: ‘90 Day Fiance’ Alum Files Motion for Retrial After 18-Year Sentence
90 Day Fiancé alum Geoffrey Paschel has filed a motion for a retrial after being found guilty of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. Soon, Geoffrey will find out if he was granted a retrial or not.
’90 Day Fiancé’ alum Goeffrey Paschel sentenced to 18 years in prison
On Oct. 6, 2021, Geoffrey Paschel’s trial was live-streamed on CourtTV. The victim, Kristen Wilson, took the stand, revealing shocking details of the night of Jun. 9, 2019.
Ms. Wilson testified Geoffrey attacked her, dragged her up the stairs of her home, and kept her there against her will. After Geoffrey fell asleep, Ms. Wilson was able to flee her home and sought help at a neighbor’s home, where she called the police.
On day two of the trial, the jury found Geoffrey guilty on all counts – aggravated kidnapping, domestic violence, and interference of an emergency call.
The Knox County Office of the District Attorney General announced that during Geoffrey’s sentencing hearing on Feb. 4, the judge sentenced Geoffrey to 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole. According to the judge, many factors played into Geoffrey’s sentencing, including prior charges and convictions.
Geoffrey Paschel files a motion for a retrial
Days after his sentencing, the 44-year-old former 90 Day Fiancé star filed a motion for a retrial. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Geoffrey’s attorney, Greg Isaacs, told E! News that they planned to fight the case, despite the verdict.
Issacs told the outlet, “Geoffrey Paschel continues to maintain his innocence and intends to file a motion for a new trial in the very near future. Afterward, our firm intends to pursue an appeal on Geoffrey Paschel’s behalf.”
Geoffrey’s partner, Varya Malina, revealed how she felt about the sentencing. She wrote, “To be honest, we didn’t expect much from this sentencing. 18 years?” She continued, “Alright, we passed the bottom, that means there’s only one way up! The grounds for the appeal became even stronger.”
According to an update in the Knox County Sheriff’s database, Geoffrey’s hearing is scheduled for Apr. 14, 2022, when a judge will rule on his motion for a retrial.
Could Geoffrey Paschel be granted a new trial?
If Geoffrey and his team can show compelling proof that he was denied a fair trial, the judge may order a re-do. The victim, Ms. Wilson, made an error while on the stand that could be grounds for a retrial. During her cross-examination, she may have revealed evidence deemed inadmissible in court.
While on the stand, Ms. Wilson mentioned that while she was being held captive in her room by Geoffrey, he deleted photos from her phone. She revealed that the images were those she took of herself after the defendant had attacked her previously.
Geoffrey’s lawyer immediately called an objection. While the judge admitted that Geoffrey’s previous domestic violence history would be kept separate from this trial, he didn’t deem it enough for a mistrial.
Will it be enough for a judge to order a new trial? 90 Day Fiancé fans will have to wait and see on Apr. 14 if he will be granted a second shot.