Things aren’t looking too good for Real Housewives of Atlanta’s resident criminal and husband of attorney Phaedra Parks, Mr. Apollo Nida. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gayla St. Julien was sentenced to serve a 61 month (about 5 year) prison sentence today in an Atlanta U.S. District Court. In case you forgot, St. Julien is named as a co-conspirator in the case against Apollo. Considering St. Julien has been cooperating with the feds, i.e., she has been snitching on Apollo, such a stringent sentence is surprising. It certainly spells nothing but trouble for Mr. Nida. And if Phaedra knows ehat’s good for her she’ll divorce Ap0llo quickly!
Instagram and the web went on fire today after the husband of St. Julien posted a message to his Instagram account with a picture of his wife and the following caption: “So my wife was sentence today for 5 years for her involvement in the case. Now let’s see what happens to him?!” Obviously, the “him” Mr. St. Julien is referring to is none other than Apollo. By now CDL has told you all about Apollo’s legal troubles and informed you that he is certainly going to be spending some time in jail. So as CDL is quite certain what is going to happen to Apollo eventually, our inquiring minds are definitely wondering what is going to happen to Phaedra.
The general consensus and speculation has been that there is no way Phaedra could avoid being pulled into this legal mess. Phaedra had knowledge of her husband’s criminal past when she married him as she was once his attorney. Certainly during the course of her representation of Apollo she learned details of how he conducts his criminal enterprises. So, one can not help but assume that she would have recognized some of his criminal traits and behaviors re-surfacing recently up until his arrest. If somehow she missed the signs, seeing as how she is busy as a mother, attorney and funeral director, then it seems sleeping next to him every night would have given her some indicator of what was going on.
Heck, the entire RHOA viewing population was wondering where Apollo got $5000-$8000 to spend in a strip club of “his own money” when he announced during the infamous pillow talk party episode. It seems a long and far stretch to think that a smarty pants like Phaedra didn’t share in the same concern. Yet and still, her name has yet to appear in any legal indictments connected to Apollo’s fraud case. However, her name has appeared in a separate lawsuit filed by an old acquaintance Angela Stanton, who alleges Phaedra is guilty of crimes eerily similar to that of Apollo. All of what we know points to her involvement but she has somehow remained with clean hands thus far.
Not to say that the charges aren’t coming in the future. Whatever she has done to stay out of trouble must be some sort of southern charmed legal magic for sure. When she finally spoke publicly about the charges on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she seemed pretty convincing when she said she had nothing to do with Apollo’s crimes. Perhaps this is skill she teaches in her “Secrets of a Southern Belle” book, the art of lying convincingly. Perhaps she is telling the truth. It is really not clear at this point. One thing is evident; Apollo is going to be spending some more time in jail soon.
Whatever the case, CDL will be closely monitoring this story as it develops. In the meantime, we are taking bets on what is going to happen with Phaedra. Do you think Phaedra had a hand in all of this, and if so, will she be named in an indictment soon or will she get away with it? Please help us in the ongoing effort to wash all of this dirt out. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!