UPDATE NO. 2: On Nov. 6, 2009, a judge approved the plea deal, sentencing Joe Francis to one year of probation and time already served.
In addition to the $249,705 in restitution, the Girls Gone Wild purveyor also paid a $10,000 fine.
"I feel badly for people who don't have my resources or stamina to defend themselves against these kinds of false charges," Francis said. "I lost a year of my life, and I felt it was my responsibility to send a message to the government that they could not prevail in a prosecution where they completely ignore the facts."
UPDATE: Francis pleaded guilty this afternoon to two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of bribing Nevada jail workers to bring him food.
He must pay $249,705 in restitution but will receive credit for the 301 days he spent in lockup—meaning, no more slammer time for Francis, who had been facing a possible 10 years in prison if the case had gone to trial.
In court, Francis told the judge he will "try to be good and stay out of the clubs." He is also allowed to travel outside the U.S.
He'll be officially
let off the hook sentenced on Nov. 6.