- Michael Avenatti, who has already served 5 years, wants to plead guilty in his latest pending criminal case.
- In court documents filed in Southern California on Sunday, he said he “wants to be responsible.”
- Avenatti is charged in that federal case with embezzling nearly $10 million from customers.
Incarcerated Celebrity Attorney Michael Avenatti Says “Basta!” to yet another criminal trial — and wants to end his federal prison time at a low-security Oregon “camp” that once housed Suge Knight.
In papers he filed in Southern California on Sunday, Avenatti said he wants to plead guilty to the third and final of his outstanding criminal cases, alleging he defrauded clients for nearly $10 million.
Unable to reach an agreement with federal prosecutors, he would plead “openly,” he wrote, meaning no firm agreement on the jail term has been drawn up — essentially blinding himself to the court’s mercy.
The client embezzlement case was set for a retrial in July after a mistrial last year; a date for Avenatti to plead guilty in the case has not been set.
“Mr. Avenatti wants to advocate for accountability, accept responsibility; avoid further taxing his former clients; save the Court and the government significant resources; and further embarrass his family,” he wrote in the filing. Sunday.
Avenatti is currently at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution at the mouth of the Port of Los Angeles, serving a 5-year term based on two previous convictions, one for defrauding client Stormy Daniels of nearly $300,000 in book deal proceeds and the other for trying to extort $25 million from Nike.
In a separate lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, Avenatti, who once had law offices in Los Angeles, is requesting to be moved from poorly secured Terminal Island to federal detention camp in Sheridan, Oregon.
The filing clarifies that Avenatti — a one-time presidential hopeful who used the hashtag #basta, Italian for “enough,” when tweeting about Donald Trump — wants to go to Sheridan’s low-security satellite camp.
In 2001, Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, ended up serving a 5-year sentence in Sheridan for violating probation by fighting in a Las Vegas hotel in 1996. Hours after the fight, Tupac Shakur was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting while driving Knight’s car.