Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle gets 15-plus years, may be sent to Littleton

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Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives in court on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS — Disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle pleaded guilty Thursday on charges of child pornography and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors and was sentenced to 15 years, 8 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors had asked federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt that Fogle be sentenced to 12 1/2 years, while Fogle’s attorneys asked for a five-year sentence. He faced a maximum possible sentence of 50 years.

“I take full responsibility for what I have done,” Fogle said in court. “Not a day will go by where I won’t think of (the victims.) I hope the restitution will help in their lives.”

The court strongly recommended the Federal Bureau of Prisons send Fogle to the prison in Littleton.

Fogle’s attorneys argued the charges were somewhat mitigated by the fact he had only had sex with teenage girls who were 16 and 17 years old, not young children. They argued that longer sentences should be used for criminals who have sex with much younger children.

Thursday’s hearing included testimony from two defense witnesses, a forensic psychiatrist and a psychologist, who testified about their examinations of Fogle.

Fogle has also agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims.

Fogle worked for Subway for 16 years. The story of how he lost 245 pounds by eating Subway twice a day was a key part of its marketing campaigns. Subway quietly became a fast food giant, with more locations than any other retailer.

The company fired Fogle once the charges surfaced earlier this year.