NXIVM Co-Founder Nancy Salzman from 'The Vow' Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison
Convicted cult leader Keith Raniere's second-in-command will serve just 3.5 years behind bars
Published Sep 08, 2021Co-founder and former president of the NXIVM cult, Nancy Salzman, has been sentenced to 42 months — or just 3.5 years — in prison in relation to the New York self-help organization's multiple alleged accounts of sexual abuse, detailed in HBO's The Vow.
After pleading guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in 2019, the 67-year-old was sentenced in a Brooklyn court today. Salzman's lawyers had previously requested the accused be sentenced to two years on house arrest instead of prison time.
"The conduct underlying the defendant's conviction warrants a substantial sentence," wrote assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar in a pre-sentencing court filing [via Variety]. Salzman faced a maximum of 51 months under federal sentencing guidelines.
"I am horrified and ashamed that I promoted… him," Salzman told the court, according to New York Daily News.
Season 2 of The Vow is set to return sometime this year. The series is directed and executive produced by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer. The Vow was previously renewed for its second instalment back in October 2020.
Salzman's sentence follows that of Raniere's 120-year sentence, which was delivered in late 2020. Back in June this year, Smallville actress and NXIVM figurehead Allison Mack was also sentenced to prison, where she is set to serve three years.
In July, Nancy's daughter Lauren was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune, Clare Bronfman, was sentenced to 81 months in prison back in September 2020 on charges of identity theft and immigration fraud.