NAOMI Judd’s troubled granddaughter Grace Kelley was pregnant before the icon’s tragic death in prison, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Grace, 25, was arrested on August 28, 2021 for a parole violation stemming from a 2016 arrest of meth possession and was being held at the Williamson County Jail in Tennessee.
Wynonna Judd and Arch Kelley’s daughter was transferred to the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center, a prison for female inmates in Nashville, where she remains today pending her March 16, 2024 release.
Court filings obtained exclusively by The Sun show that a Tennessee judge approved her request for leave due to her pregnancy on March 25, 2022.
The court filing states, “Having received a sentencing court motion for the Tennessee Department of Justice to consider the defendants’ leave of absence due to their pregnancy, the court hereby authorizes that motion.”
‘SHE WAS EXCITED’
Grace’s fellow prisoner Florence Fort exclusively confirmed to The Sun that the famous granddaughter was expected behind bars.
The Sun confirmed with a Williamson County Jail official that Florence was in the same facility as Grace from August through October 2021.
Florence, the owner of Flo’s Housekeeping, claimed: “Grace got pregnant while she was on parole. When I was in prison with her, she was pregnant.
“She let her baby’s name be chosen. She was excited.”
Florence went on to say that Grace’s famous mother, Wynonna, seemed supportive of the pregnancy despite their previously estranged relationship.
She claimed: “She called Wynonna all the time. She talked a lot with her mother. We even gave her a baby shower in prison and her mom called in the middle of it.”
Florence claimed Grace’s baby daddy is also currently incarcerated.
The Sun cannot confirm if Grace gave birth to her child, although this is likely based on the timeline.
On Grace’s Facebook page, she appeared to have a baby bump in a mirror selfie while wearing a tight black shirt.
In a separate picture, she also wore a baggy light pink t-shirt.
Both photos were released just days before her arrest in August.
An attorney for Grace declined to comment, while a representative for Wynonna The Sun did not respond.
She has scheduled a parole review hearing for December 2022.
As previously reported by The Sun, Grace was previously arrested on April 30, 2020 for a probation violation in her 2016 meth case and sentenced to eight years in prison.
At her hearing on April 19, 2021, she was granted parole and was released as she was ordered to report to the Murfreesboro Probation and Parole Office.
A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Board of Parole previously told The Sun of her hearing, “The Board made a final decision on April 22, 2021 and recommended that she be released for parole supervision with post-parole conditions.”
Conditions included substance abuse treatment, substance abuse referral, and random drug screenings.
The spokesman stated, “Your home plan must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, then a parole certificate will be issued, and then the Tennessee Department of Corrections will administer your release back into the community.”
But sadly, in August, she was arrested for violating parole.
The legal troubles began when Grace was arrested on June 14, 2016 and pleaded guilty on May 26, 2017 in Williamson County Court in Tennessee to the count of intent to manufacture, supply, sell and possess meth.
She was also charged with manufacturing and supplying meth in Maury County and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of meth possession.
Grace was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison, suspended on probation. The indictments against Williamson County and Maury County were running concurrently.
The sentence was to be served after 30 days of probation.
Grace was released from the Williamson County Detention Center on June 16, 2017 and is continuing her sentence on a court-ordered drug program.
She was then sentenced to eight years in West Tennessee State Penitentiary in 2018 for breaking parole while escaping the 21st Restoration Court Program.
Grace was released from prison five years early on November 8, 2019 after being granted parole in the eight-year sentence.
“STRONGEST JUDD WOMAN”
Wynonna, 57, opened up about her daughter’s legal struggles in February 2020.
She said on The Pursuit! with John Rich: “I’ll tell you this. My daughter is the strongest Judd woman in our ‘Herstory’.
“She’s healthier than I was at 23. How she got there — I wouldn’t go that route, but I’ve also been confiscated.”
She continued to grow up on a tour bus with her mother, Naomi: “I was on a bus with my mother. It was pretty hard to get into trouble. That could have been me if I hadn’t had music.”
Wynonna and Grace have had a difficult relationship over the years.
In 2013, Wynonna’s sister Ashley, 54, was granted temporary custody of Grace.
Wynonna is also mother to son Elijah, 27, with ex-husband Arch.
Naomi died of mental illness on April 30 at the age of 76, according to her daughters Wynonna and Ashley.
Wynonna and Ashley shared their mother’s death via Twitter, writing: “Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.
“We are shaken. We navigate deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her. We are in uncharted territory.”
Ashley later revealed in an interview with Good Morning America that she had died by suicide.
The announcement of his death came the day before The Judds were scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony.
Wynonna and Ashley attended the ceremony and accepted the honor on behalf of their mother.
The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades.
After rising to the forefront of country music, they quit in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.
The Judds’ hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990), “Mama He’s Crazy” (1984), “Why Not Me” (1984), “Turn It Loose” (1988), “Girls Night Out” ( 1985), “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” (1986) and “Grandpa in”. 1986
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https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5353065/naomi-judd-granddaughter-grace-kelley-pregnant-prison/ Naomi Judd’s troubled granddaughter Grace Kelley, 25, was PREGNANT in prison before the icon’s tragic death