Report: Robert Kraft could face felony charge in prostitution case
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft remains in seriously legal jeopardy stemming from charges that he solicited a prostitute in Florida.
According to Marc Freeman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, prosecutors are arguing that Kraft committed a felony as part of their latest court filing. Kraft was originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution stemming from the Patriots owner allegedly receiving sexual favors at a day spa.
A third-degree felony would be punishable by up to five years in prison.
It’s quite the bold move for prosecutors considering their main evidence, the video of Kraft in the spa, will not be permitted as court evidence. Kraft’s lawyers had staked their defense all along on that video being obtained illegally, which is why the owner has fought for a jury trial instead of taking a plea deal. Turning down such a deal remains risky, particularly as prosecutors continue to raise the stakes, but Kraft clearly has faith in his defense.