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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the late Jeffrey Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse multiple underage girls in the 1990s.

"A sentence of 240 months is sufficient and no graver than necessary," United States federal Judge Alison Nathan said.

The prosecution had sought a minimum sentence of 30 years, while defense attorneys argued that their client should spend no more than 66 months behind bars.