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Apollo Nida sentenced to eight years in prison

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Apollo Nida, the estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison today after pleading guilty to the charge conspiracy to commit fraud back in May.

Nida, 35, appears to have gotten somewhat lucky because under the sentencing guidelines for his crime, the judge could have given him anywhere from 92 to 115 months in prison, or seven years and eight months (minimum) to nine years and six months (maximum). Judge Charles Pannell went just four months over the minimum sentencing guidelines and gave him 96 months, which is exactly eight years.

There is also a possibility for Nida to be released up to a year earlier for good behavior.

As of right now, Nida is still a free man. Or, free on bond, anyway. According to his lawyer, Thomas D. Bever, his client will likely be free for another three to six weeks before officially being sent to prison to begin his sentence. But once his sentence begins, he will not see the light of day as a free man until 2021, at the very earliest. That means that he will be at least 42 when he gets out.

Notably absent from today's sentencing was his estranged wife, who is reportedly on vacation with some of her girl friends, including RHOA co-star, Kandi Buress.

Nida was initially facing up to 30 years in prison, but he received a reduced sentence for cooperating with the federal officials.

This will not be Nida's first time behind bars. He previously served a six year stint in prison, from 2003-2009, for auto title fraud. He was let out a year early due to good behavior.

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