Mike “The Situation” Sorrentinomay be in federal prison, but he’s not letting that stop him from constantly smiling.
The Jersey Shore star surrendered himself to authorities on Jan. 15 and began his eight-month sentence for tax evasion that day. He’s currently at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., which is just about an hour away from New York City. Since his October sentencing, The Situation has remained positive and optimistic throughout it all. He wrote on Instagram the day he found out his fate, “We are very happy to put this behind us. Thank you So much for all the Love & Support.”
Less than one month after his sentencing, he and his longtime love Lauren Pesce (now Lauren Sorrentino) tied the knot in a fairy tale wedding at The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, N.J. They celebrated Christmas together and kept posting heartfelt and uplifting messages filled with inspirational quotes.
The Situation’s Jersey Shore co-stars have supported their friend every step of the way, from attending his sentencing to visiting him in Otisville. They’ve all echoed similar thoughts about how The Situation is handling it all. According to a number of his pals, he’s just fine.
In April, E! News chatted with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi at her store The Snooki Shop and she shared all sorts of information about her co-stars.
She told us Mike is “having the time of his life.”
Vinny Guadagnino and DJ Pauly D had similar takeaways. On April 10 they stopped by The Jenny McCarthy show and said he’s “doing so good” in prison.
Vinny said, “He sends me such positive vibes. He gets me through my day.”
The Double Shot at Love stars also told Jenny McCarthy that The Sitch socializes with Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland as well as “the guy that leaked Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes.”
Mike’s optimism does not seem to be waning at all. He’s shared a bunch of photos on social media of his Jersey Shore visitors, who have stopped by a number of times.
“The Comeback Is Always Greater Than The Setback,” he wrote on Tuesday alongside a photo of himself with Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Lauren, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deena Cortese and Snooki.
Take a look at the photos below to see Mike’s prison journey from his sentencing to today.
The big day
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino arrives at court in Newark, N.J. with his wife Lauren Sorrentino (then Lauren Pesce) for his sentencing. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, which he is serving at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y.
“We are very happy to put this behind us,” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you So much for all the Love & Support.”
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United We Stand
The Situation’s fellow Jersey Shore cast members stand in solidarity with their close friend in front of the courthouse in Newark.
FCI Otisville; Getty Images
This is an outside look at FCI Otisville, whose inmates include Billy McFarland and Michael Cohen. Mike surrendered himself on Jan. 15 to begin his 8-month sentence.
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Vinny Guadagnino and DJ Pauly D revealed to Jenny McCarthy on The Jenny McCarthy Show in April that The Situation has some pretty famous fellow inmates, including Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland. Other than McFarland, Sorrentino has become pals with “the guy that leaked Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes and hacked her phone.” According to Vinny and Pauly, they “play Scrabble together.”
The Jersey Shore star smiles next to his wife while wearing his prison suit. “Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do,” he captioned the picture on Instagram. She apparently visits him about once a week.
A visit from friends
Vinny Guadagnino and DJ Pauly D visit their friend in May. Vinny and Pauly D shared some details in April with Jenny McCarthy about how Mike was handling everything. Clue: he’s just fine.
The pals told McCarthy that the three of them “talk every day” and that he’s “doing so good” in prison. The Double Shot at Love stars added that Mike “is in such good spirits.”
Vinny shared, “He sends me such positive vibes. He gets me through my day.”
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Mike smiles next to his wife, Pauly D and Vinny during one of their visits.
All in the family
Jersey Shore stars Ronnie Oritz-Magro, Lauren, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deena Cortese and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi smile for a big photo together. “The Comeback Is Always Greater Than The Setback,” Mike writes on Instagram.
Snooki said back in April, “It’s like his in a senior home, he’s playing Bingo, he’s helping people recover in jail.”
She continued, “We all talk to him through an email, so I talk to him like once a week. He’s in the gym a lot, so he’s probably gonna come out ripped. You know, he’s not gonna be BDS anymore–Big Daddy Sitch–he’s gonna have his, probably, six-pack again. But he’s doing good in there.”
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