“Shahmazing is over, it’s done. She’s here.” So sayeth an Assistant US Attorney on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was sentenced to six and a half years in prison, plus millions of dollars owed in restitution and forfeiture. Shah pled guilty to a decade-long telemarketing scheme against thousands of victims, after being arrested on camera—or rather, adjacent— during RHOSLC’s second season.
I attended Shah’s sentencing in lower Manhattan—one of the many members of the public/press in the at-capacity federal courtroom—along with Shah’s family, friends, therapist, and Shah herself. The Jen in attendance, quiet and remorseful, was a different Jen than the version viewers have seen lash out at cast members and fans since she was cast on the show, including in the time following her indictment and, most recently, change of plea.
During the sentencing, District Judge Sidney H. Stein stated some awareness about Shah’s time on Housewives, and reality TV.