New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is reportedly facing a felony charge that would carry with it a five-year prison sentence in his solicitation case.
After months of relative quiet and lack of new developments in the Robert Kraft solicitation case, it appears the embattled New England Patriots owner now is facing greater potential consequences for his alleged actions at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa last February.
Kraft found himself in trouble with the law when investigators linked him to an undercover sting operation targeting several Florida area massage parlors that had been providing illicit services to customers. Kraft is reportedly one of 25 different individuals who have been implicated in the crime sting and charged with two misdemeanor counts.
Back in May, a judge tossed out video evidence that supposedly showed Kraft paying for and then receiving illegal illicit services from two different massage parlor workers, on the grounds that police did not have a lawful warrant to place the hidden cameras within the facilities.
The prosecutors in the case have since appealed that judge’s decision, and in the meantime, they’ve apparently also upped the ante by suggesting that Kraft committed a third-degree felony in their recent court filings, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jenna West.
If the prosecution’s request to increase the misdemeanor charges to a felony is granted, Kraft could face up to five years in prison.
Of course, much of what ultimately occurs with this case depends on whether or not the Florida Attorney General’s office wins their appeal in the first place.
Kraft reportedly visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa twice in January, right around the time of the New England Patriots’ epic AFC Championship Game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Kraft allegedly flew directly from Jupiter, Florida, to Kansas City, Missouri on January 20 to attend the game in person.