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Subway Ex-Pitchman Jared No Longer Living the Good Life

Photo: Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood, CO.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – After a federal judge sentenced Jared Fogle on November 19, 2015 to 15 years, 8 months on charges of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to pay for sex with minors, the former Subway pitchman is finding life in prison not so easy. Not only has he gained 30 pounds "stress-eating behind bars," he has also been the victim of physical abuse by an inmate, who "beat him bloody."

The New York Post reported yesterday that a convicted felon, Steven Nigg, a 60-year-old armed robber, bragged about the "knuckle-sandwich smackdown" to his fellow inmates, which took place in January in the recreation yard. The article stated that according to a formal report, "Nigg was allegedly caught on a jail camera "punching Fogle to the ground and striking Fogle multiple times in the face with a closed fist." He was left with "a bloody nose, scratches to his neck and redness and swelling to his face."

"Nigg unleashed his barrage after reaching his boiling point over the number of child sex predators housed in the low-security facility, Fogle's relatives told TMZ," the Post stated. Nigg was punished for "his vigilante vengeance" with only a stint in solitary confinement.

A recently released inmate told how Fogle was also slapped by another prisoner who had called Fogle a "dirty child rapist."

Jared pleas with appeals court for shorter sentence

Last month the IndyStar reported that Fogle asked a federal appeals court in February to shorten his 15-year, 8-month sentence. His attorney argued that the district court judge in Indianapolis abused her authority by giving Fogle a sentence three years longer than the maximum term prosecutors agreed to pursue as part of his plea deal.

The report explained that Fogle pleaded guilty to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. As part of the plea deal, Fogle agreed not to seek a sentence of less than five years in prison. The prosecutors agreed not to push for more than 12 and a half years in prison. Fogle's appeal stated that Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's decision was "unreasonable," and asked the Seventh Circuit Court to throw out the prison term and order resentencing. It said, "The district court's ruling also undermines the notions of trust and fairness that undergird our delicate system of plea bargaining."

But Fogle admitted that he paid for sex at New York hotels with girls who were 16 or 17 years old. He said he had also received child pornography "produced by the one-time head of his anti-obesity charity, Russell Taylor," who is also serving time in another prison. Taylor used hidden cameras in his home to secretly film 12 minors who were nude, changing clothes, or engaging in other activities.

A Subway shop
Subway shop where Jared lost weight /Wikipedia

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Tim Horty declined to comment on Fogle's appeal, IndyStar reported.

Now Fogle, the father of two, awaits the decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. No longer is he referred to as the affluent Subway celebrity spokesman who lost over 200 pounds eating foot-long sandwiches at his neighborhood Subway shop in Bloomington, Indiana (photo, right), filming hundreds of television commercials and making appearances on the franchise company's behalf.

Jared S. Fogle, No. 12919-028 at Englewood FCI, white male, age 38, is now known as "Chomo," short for child molester, by his fellow inmates (one inmate being Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, in for wire fraud, extortion and bribery). Fogle's earliest possible release date is July 11, 2029.


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Janet Sparks is the former publisher of the Continental Franchise Review, an industry newsletter that covered the franchise community for over 30 years. She has also been a columnist for a leading franchise magazine for the past 13 years. Today she is an independent journalist who engages in investigative reporting, tackling complex issues that impact the franchise industry.

Janet can be reached at jsparks@bluemaumau.org or at 303-799-7398.