For whatever reason, Phaedra Parks did not attend the sentencing hearing of her husband Apollo Nida. The husband of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star was today, Tuesday, July 8, sentenced to eight years in prison for committing bank, mail and wire fraud and ID theft over four years.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Apollo showed up to the courthouse wearing a tan suit and a heavy beard and mustache. Before the judge, he apologized to the victims of his crimes and to his family for letting them down. His lawyer tried to get him a light sentence by highlighting what a bad childhood he had.
His half brother and and mother testified on his behalf. His mother, through tears, said that she was not a good mother and caused Apollo to witness and go through things as a child that he never should have, including her getting beat by a boyfriend, overdosing on cocaine and being sent to live with various friends and family members. His half brother said that he's not a criminal but a human being with a heart.
Despite this, the judge sentenced to Apollo to eight years, pointing out that white collar criminals of his kind have a high rate of committing such crimes again and that Apollo is a 35-year-old man. The judge agreed with the prosecution's point that Apollo was given a chance to change his ways when he married Phaedra, who makes a comfortable income. The judge did recommend that Apollo be sent to a prison close to Atlanta for the benefit of Phaedra and their two children.
In response to his sentence, Apollo said that “the government did what they had to do." "Whatever the judge gave," he replied when asked if he was not happy with his sentence.
Apollo is currently free under bond. His attorney expects him to be sent to prison within three to six weeks. His attorney also noted that Apollo may get out more than a year early and spend the rest of his sentence in a halfway house because of good behavior.
So far, neither Apollo Nida nor Phaedra Parks have spoken out about his sentence on social media. Nor have any of their "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-stars. Even Kenya Moore, who posted a scathing tweet after Apollo pleaded guilty to his charges in early May, has remained silent, at least so far. Perhaps even she now realizes that this is of such a serious matter, in light of the two young children involved, that she should just not say anything.