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'RHOA' Apollo Nida receives harsher sentence then he anticipated

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 26: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks (right) and Apollo Nida attend Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Premiere at Atlantic Station on October 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 26: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks (right) and Apollo Nida attend Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Premiere at Atlantic Station on October 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Solei

Apollo Nida was in court on July 8, 2014 to receive sentencing. The star of the TV reality show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta" will serve eight years in federal prison.

Apollo pled guilty for mail-fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and ID theft. Over the course of four years, he stole from over 50 people, to an amount of over $2 million.

Judge Charles Pannell could have given Apollo as much as 30 years in jail or only 92 months. He sentenced Apollo to serve 96 months in an Atlanta jail. The exact jail has not yet been determined, but when it is, Apollo is to surrender himself at that time.

According to court documents obtained by on Radar Online, Judge Charles Pannell placed other requirements in Apollo’s sentencing. He is to complete a 500-hour drug program. He will also have to serve five years probation with standard and special conditions of supervision. He is required to pay restitution. No amount has been determined yet until the hearing on July 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Even though Apollo has to go through a drug program, he allegedly does not have a drug abuse problem, according to insiders.

Apollo tried to get a lighter sentence by telling the judge that he did wrong because of his poor upbringing. However, that didn’t go far with the judge because Apollo was 35-years old.

Access Atlanta reports that in a press release statement, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, Reginald G. Moore said, “Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions.”

Apollo told the judge that he was sorry for what he did. “I want to apologize to the victims. I want to apologize to my family for letting them down.”

Apollo is married to Phaedra Parks and together they have two young sons, Ayden and Dylan.

Do you believe that Apollo's sentencing of eight years is just right for what he did? Or do you believe the judge should have given him a longer or shorter sentence?