Mike Sorrentino in Prison: Star's Sad Farewell to Freedom, New Life Behind Bars, Conjugal Visit "Situation" Revealed [UPDATED]

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He's known this day was coming for several months, but it seems all that mental preparation didn't make it any easier for Mike Sorrentino to report to prison on Tuesday morning.

As you may recall, The Situation pled guilty to tax fraud back in January of 2018 after investigators accused him of failing to pay taxes on more than $9 million in earnings.

The Jersey Shore star had hoped to avoid jail time through a plea deal, but in October, Sorrentino was sentenced to 8 months behind bars.

Earlier this week, the Sitch reported to prison to begin doing his time.

But first, he sent a final message to his millions of social media followers -- many of whom bombarded him with questions about what he's expecting from life on the inside.

Here's what we know so far about Mike's first day in the big house:

1. Sad Situation

Sad Situation
Prior to his latest legal entanglements, Mike Sorrentino's life was on the upswing.

2. Turning It Around

Turning It Around
After years of reckless living, Mike got sober, reconnected with his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, and returned to TV thanks to Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

3. Too Little, Too Late

Too Little, Too Late
Sadly, Mike's past has caught up with him, and his misdeeds have now cost him his freedom.

4. Facing the Music

Facing the Music
In January of 2018, Mike pled guilty to tax fraud after an investigation revealed that he had failed to pay taxes on more than $9 million in earnings.

5. Making Things Right

Making Things Right
The year that followed was probably the most eventful and productive of Mike's life.

6. Making Up For Lost Time

Making Up For Lost Time
He proposed and got married to Pesce, filmed two seasons of Shore, and continued to volunteer at rehab facilities and sober living houses.

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