(CNN)Federal prosecutors asked a justice successful a tribunal filing Wednesday to condemnation Ghislaine Maxwell to 30 to 55 years successful situation for sex trafficking a insignificant and different charges related to a sprawling conspiracy to maltreatment young girls with the affluent financier Jeffrey Epstein.
"Maxwell was an big who made her ain choices. She made the prime to sexually exploit galore underage girls. She made the prime to conspire with Epstein for years, moving arsenic partners successful transgression and causing devastating harm to susceptible victims," prosecutors wrote successful the sentencing memo. "She should beryllium held accountable for her disturbing relation successful an extended kid exploitation scheme."
Last week, Maxwell's lawyers asked a justice to condemnation her to between 4.25 and 5.25 years successful prison, saying her hard puerility made her susceptible to Epstein and that she shouldn't look a harsh condemnation due to the fact that of his actions.
"But this Court cannot condemnation Ms. Maxwell arsenic if she were a proxy for Epstein simply due to the fact that Epstein is nary longer here," her attorneys wrote successful their sentencing recommendation. "Ms. Maxwell cannot and should not carnivore each the punishment for which Epstein should person been held responsible."
Epstein, who pleaded blameworthy successful 2008 to authorities prostitution charges, was indicted connected national enactment trafficking charges successful July 2019 but died by termination successful situation a period later. Maxwell, his confidante and erstwhile girlfriend, was arrested a twelvemonth afterward and has been held successful jailhouse since.
In the sentencing memo, the prosecution wrote that the defense's statement was "absurd and offensive."
"The lenient condemnation the suspect seeks would nonstop the connection that determination is 1 strategy of laws for the affluent and powerful, and different acceptable for everyone else," prosecutors wrote.
The filing comes a week earlier her expected sentencing connected June 28. Maxwell, 60, was recovered guilty of 5 national charges successful December: enactment trafficking of a minor, transporting a insignificant with the intent to prosecute successful transgression intersexual enactment and 3 related counts of conspiracy.
However, she volition lone beryllium sentenced connected 3 counts aft the justice presiding implicit her lawsuit agreed that 2 of the conspiracy counts she faced were repetitive.
The probation section recommended a 20-year sentence, beneath the sentencing guidelines.
At her proceedings precocious past year, prosecutors argued Maxwell and Epstein conspired to acceptable up a strategy to lure young girls into intersexual relationships with Epstein from 1994 to 2004 successful New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. Four women testified during the proceedings that Epstein abused them and that Maxwell facilitated the maltreatment and sometimes participated successful it arsenic well.
Her defense, meanwhile, said she was a "scapegoat" for Epstein's actions and attacked the memories and motivations of the women who said they were sexually abused.
What the prosecution's sentencing memo argues
Prosecutors described Maxwell's behaviour arsenic "shockingly predatory," calling her a "calculating, sophisticated, and unsafe transgression who preyed connected susceptible young girls and groomed them for intersexual abuse."
"Maxwell's victims trusted her: she was a seemingly respectable pistillate who showed involvement successful them and promised to assistance them. She was cardinal to the full cognition of the scheme, and Epstein could not person committed these crimes without her," prosecutors wrote.
US attorneys besides said that Maxwell "enjoyed a singular beingness of privilege, having lived successful luxury and moved successful societal circles among the celebrated and powerful," countering her attorney's claims that she had a hard upbringing.
In fact, it was her wealthiness and presumption that was capable to "provide a screen of respectability to Epstein that lulled the victims and their families into a mendacious consciousness of security," prosecutors argued.
"Although galore defendants travel earlier sentencing courts with compelling mitigating factors from hard upbringings, Maxwell is not among them," prosecutors wrote. "While the suspect whitethorn person had a marginally little affirmative acquisition than different exceptionally affluent children, it is hard to spot however stern speech astatine the household meal array is an excuse for participating successful a kid exploitation scheme."
Prosecutors said that Maxwell has shown nary acceptance of work for the harm she has caused her victims. Rather, she has attempted to formed herself arsenic a unfortunate herself, the memo states.
In the defense's filing, Maxwell's attorneys said her clip down bars has been a "disproportionate pre-sentence punishment" that volition not extremity present that she's housed with the wide population. Her attorneys claimed she was astir precocious threatened by an inmate successful her portion who allegedly told her that an further 20 years successful situation would beryllium "worth the money" she'd get for sidesplitting Maxwell.
Her attorneys besides argued she's taxable to aggregate pat downs a time wherever she alleges "to person been touched successful a sexually inappropriate mode by correction officers" respective times.
However, prosecutors said her claims that she has received unfair attraction are inaccurate. Maxwell has "enjoyed singular privileges arsenic a high-profile inmate that vastly transcend the benefits accorded to the mean inmate," including entree to a backstage shower, television, desktop computer, laptop, and her ain abstraction to walk clip extracurricular of her cell, the memo states.
Prosecutors are besides requesting that the tribunal enforce a maximum allowable good of $750,000.
"As portion of a disturbing statement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed, and abused aggregate victims, portion she enjoyed a beingness of bonzer luxury and privilege," the prosecution wrote. "In her wake, Maxwell near her victims permanently scarred with affectional and intelligence injuries. That harm tin ne'er beryllium undone, but it tin beryllium accounted for successful crafting a conscionable condemnation for Maxwell's crimes."
CNN's Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.