Grayson Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley’s Parents' Prison Sentence Is 'Worse Than Them Dying'

Grayson Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley’s Parents' are doing time for bank fraud and tax evasion

By Betty Cruise July 29, 2023
Grayson Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley’s Parents Prison Sentence Is Worse Than Them Dying
Grayson Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley’s Parents' Prison Sentence Is 'Worse Than Them Dying'

Grayson Chrisley is finding it hard to deal with his and Savannah Chrisley’s parents’ imprisonment.

Since his parents Todd and Julie Chrisley started serving a combined 19 years in jail for bank fraud and tax evasion, Grayson Chrisley looks to be struggling.

On Savannah Chrisley's Unlocked podcast, the older sister and legal guardian of the Chrisley Knows Best star, 17, was open and honest about how difficult it is having their parents imprisoned.

"To me, it's worse than them dying," he told 25-year-old Savannah.

"Because they're here, but they're not here. So, it's just time that's being wasted. I'm saying, like, if they died, there's no possibility of you getting any more time with them. So, it's over."

Even though it seems like there isn't much "closure" in their circumstances, Savannah said that it's better that they can see and hug their parents.

It has also been difficult to divide time between visiting mom Julie, who is serving a 7-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and dad Todd, who is serving a 12-year sentence at Florida's Federal Prison Camp Pensacola.

"I struggle going back to back weeks because I'm in that mood... and then I go and start it all over again," Grayson said. "You never really get out of it," he continued, adding that "some days or weeks are harder than others."

Grayson added to Savannah's statement that she feels "renewed" after visiting her parents, "I do, but I also don't at the same time."

He said it’s also difficult having to spend all his weekends travelling as a teenager. "I think that's a hard balance that we have yet to find," Savannah agreed.

"But then it's also hard because there's some weekends you don't want to go, but then the hard part is when you don't go, our schedules don't align. And then you don't see one of them for three or four weeks and then you're struggling because you haven't seen him for that long."

"It's like, you're damned if you do, damned if you don't," Grayson said, with Savannah adding, "Which is tough because no one should ever be put in that position."

The son continued, "It's also hard because [Todd and Julie] tell you gotta live your life. 'You're 17 years old. You can't spend every weekend going.' And then when you don't go, you still feel bad even though they said that – even though you know they understand."

"For me, the hard part is I know how much they've sacrificed for us. So why can't we sacrifice now for them?" Savannah agreed. Asked how to avoid becoming bitter about the current situation, Grayson answered, "I don't know if it's possible. I don't think it is... There is always going to be a part of you that is bitter. ...There's no way around it. It's gonna suck for as long as they're there."