Back on January 15, Mike Sorrentino turned himself over to authorities to begin serving an eight-month sentence for tax evasion.
At the time of his conviction, Mike's loved ones were vocal in their belief felt that the judge in his case had decided to "make an example" of the Jersey Shore star by doling out an unusually harsh punishment.
Now, many feel prison authorities are doing the same by holding Sorrentino for the entirety of his sentence, which is unusual for well-behaved, first-time offenders, particularly in cases of non-violent crimes.
(While it's true that federal convicts generally serve a greater portion of their sentence than those convicted of state offenses, legal experts expected the 37-year-old to be released in early August.)
Whatever the reason, Mike has served the vast majority of his sentence.
But now, the darkest chapter of his life is soon to come to an end, and insiders say he's gearing to be released as early as this weekend.
And naturally, his family, friends, and Shore housemates will be on hand for a party in the Sitch's honor.
"Everyone’s planning on seeing him right away and there’s a big celebration being planned for when he gets out with all of his family and friends," one insider tells Hollywood Life.
Of course, no one has missed Mike more than his wife, Lauren Pesce.
Sorrentino and Pesce were married in November but only got to enjoy a few weeks of married life before he was forced to begin his sentence.
"Lauren is so excited to have Mike back with her full-time," says the source.
"She’s missed him terribly, but has been doing great. They’ve both been doing the best they can while Mike is away," the insider adds.
"The couple plans to spend a lot of time together and just be with one another since they had to be apart right after getting married."
Though he was locked up while the episode was filming, Mike made a phone cameo on Thursday night's episode of Jersey Shore.
He promised Lauren that they would get down to the business of making "a million babies" when he gets released, and it seems that's still the plan.
"They absolutely want to have a baby sooner rather than later," says the source.
Insiders say Mike will be released during the day, and after a 24-hour period of "supervised release," he'll take up residence in a halfway house.
While Sorrentino has never denied committing the crimes of which he was accused, he's paid his debt to society, and his transformation over the past two years has been truly remarkable to witness.
We wish him all the best in his new life as a free man.