EXCLUSIVE: Allison mackFormer victims speak out on the three-year prison sentence imposed on the former TV star for his involvement in NXIVM.
Mack, 38, appeared in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday where Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis sentenced her to three years in prison for racketeering and conspiracy to which she pleaded guilty in 2019.
The old “Smallville” sentence is only a fraction of the range of advisory guidelines applicable for his crimes, which was 168 months (14 years) to 210 months (17.5 years) behind bars.
Former Mack’s victims and even one of his former neighbors upstate New York delivered mixed reactions to his conviction to Fox News on Wednesday.
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A resident of Half Moon, New York, who lived near the neighborhood where Mack helped perform a “branding” ritual on NXIVM’s “slaves” told Fox News that three years behind bars just wasn’t enough.
“Disgusting. I can’t believe it,” the neighbor responded to Fox News. “I’m shocked. I thought she would be at least seven. I’m upset about that.”
The neighbor went on to say that Mack’s recent letter to federal court apologizing for her actions was nothing but a stunt.
“She’s an actress. She should get an Academy Award for that. She played that,” the neighbor continued. “For four years this has been happening right under my nose in our neighborhood. What a witch.”
Former NXIVM member Toni Natalie, who also dated convicted NXIVM frontman Keith Raniere, said it appears Mack received “a lot of family support” during his three years of house arrest. before Wednesday’s sentencing.
“With that in mind, the court must feel that she can be rehabilitated, which is always the goal,” said Natalie, author of “The Program: Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM” , in a press release. at Fox News. “I pray that the judge will show the same mercy towards [co-defendant] Lauren Salzman. [Lauren Salzman’s] “Family support” most of his adult life was [co-defendant] Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere. Nancy deserves a long prison sentence just like her avant-garde and benefactor, Clare Bronfman. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. “
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Meanwhile, India Oxenberg, who was recruited into NXIVM’s master-slave sisterhood known as DOS by Mack, told Fox News she was “still in a state of disbelief.”
“But I trust and honor the judge’s decision. I hope her victims, including myself, will feel justified and safer, given that she spoke out against Keith Raniere. We all need it. time to process and digest everything. This is a great time for all of us, “concluded the statement from India.
India’s mother, actress Catherine Oxenberg, said she agreed with “everything” her daughter shared.
“I think people deserve a second chance and Allison has shown remorse for her actions,” added Catherine.
Mack’s conviction was long in coming, as the former actress was arrested in April 2018 on federal charges for her involvement in NXIVM, run by a convicted leader. Keith Raniere. It pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges in April 2019.
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Devoting herself to the personal development guru “has been the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life,” she wrote in a letter filed with the court last week.
“I’m sorry for those of you that I brought into NXIVM,” she wrote. “I’m sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man.”
Her defense team had previously argued in court documents that probation or a house arrest sentence would be more appropriate for the actress, as would the government. In a memo last week, U.S. attorneys handling the case asked the Eastern District of New York to “impose a sentence below the range of advisory directions otherwise applicable” because of Mack’s “assistance” in this matter. The government revealed that Mack was cooperative with the authorities, previously provide government with audio recordings de Raniere discussing a ritual of “marking” performed on his victims whom he treated as “slaves”.
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Raniere was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison for his conviction for sex trafficking. Bronfman was sentenced to 81 months in prison for her role, while Lauren Salzman has a sentencing date set for next month. Lauren’s mother, Nancy Salzman, has yet to receive a sentencing date.
Mack was ordered to go to jail on September 29.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.