Grayson Chrisley, 17, says parents Todd and Julie's prison sentence is 'worse than them dying'

Grayson Chrisley, 17, says parents Todd and Julie’s prison sentence is ‘worse than them dying’

Grayson Chrisley, son of Todd and Julie Chrisley, made the bold comparison that having his parents in prison was “worse than them dying.”

The 17-year-old expressed his feelings towards his parents’ imprisonment during a recent episode of his older sister Savannah Chrisley’s “Unlocked” podcast.

“To me, it’s worse than them dying,” Grayson said. “Because they’re here, but they’re not here. So it’s just time that’s being wasted. I’m saying, like, if they died, there’s no possibility of you getting any more time with them. So it’s over.”

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Todd and Julie were found guilty of financial fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States in June 2022. Both are currently serving multiple-year sentences in separate federal prisons.

While the couple is in prison, Savannah, 25, is Grayson and their 10-year-old niece Chloe’s guardian.

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While Lindsie Chrisley, Todd’s daughter, said she was “blessed” that her parents had been “welcomed with open arms” to federal prison, Grayson felt differently.

The teen shared how seeing his parents in prison has put him in a “mood.”

“Our schedules don’t align. And then you don’t see one of them for three or four weeks, and then you’re struggling,” he said. “I struggle going back to back weeks because I’m in that mood … and then I go and start it all over again. You never really get out of it.”

Grayson recently celebrated his birthday and while other family members were present, his parents were not.

“It wasn’t the greatest birthday I’ve ever had,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be, though, because, like, Mom and Dad aren’t there. So yeah, it kind of sucked.”

“There is always going to be a part of you that is bitter,” he added. “There’s no way around it. It’s gonna suck for as long as they’re there.”

Todd is currently serving a 12-year sentence in Florida, and Julie is currently serving a a 7-year sentence in Kentucky.

I feel for Grayson. It has to be extremely difficult for a child to see both of their parents in jail.