Ghislaine Maxwell’s 20-year sentence could be slashed if she is allowed to serve it in the UK.
Legal expert Mark Stephens said she would then come under British law rather than US rules, which forbid parole for federal crimes.
That means Maxwell, 60 – who is expected to appeal – may have to spend only a further eight years in jail, and could be free before she is 70.
Mr Stephens, of London legal firm Howard Kennedy, said: ‘I think it will take until autumn to appeal. Once the appeal is done, if she’s British she’s entitled to opt for the prison swap regime – it usually takes six to 18 months as it depends on a US citizen to be shipped back to America.
A courtroom illustration of Ghislaine Maxwell with her defence lawyer Christian Everdell during her sentencing…
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