Discovery Channel’s hit series “Alaskan Bush People” is set to return on to TV May 6th, but before the new season airs, Billy Bush and son Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown will serve 30 days in jail.
The father and son were sentenced to 30 days in jail for lying on Permanent Fund dividend applications in January, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. They will have to report to jail before April 15th, FOX411 has learned.
The network declined FOX411’s request for comment regarding the reality stars’ legal troubles, however Discovery did issue a press release on Wednesday touting the upcoming season.
“The Browns are back when ‘Alaskan Bush People’ returns to Discovery Channel on May 6th at 9 p.m. ET/PT… As the outside world continues to encroach on their way of the life, the Brown family’s faith is tested. The wolfpack must look to the future and reexamine their lives and mend wounds from their past, if they are to keep the old bush ways from dying out forever.”
The release makes no mention of the stars’ impending jail time.
Back in January, the family patriarch, Billy, issued a statement to us explaining his legal drama. He said the trouble began because he collected dividends though he didn’t reside in Alaska for the required length of time.
“Alaska’s dividend program has specific requirements for the length of time in the state, and the reasons for being out of Alaska,” he said. “Because of the way we live our lives and the way we often unconventionally travel, I didn't keep good track of our movements. I accept full responsibility for filing for benefits without confirming that we met the requirements. We are committed to living in Alaska for the long term and we respect the state’s rules. I thought it best to settle to put this behind us."
In January, the father son duo was sentenced to jail time when they pled guilty to one count of second-degree unsworn falsification, which is a misdemeanor. As a part of their plea deal, the two must pay back the dividends they got, give up their rights to ever get a dividend again and complete 40 hours of community service work.