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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 18, 2016)– The federal government is pushing back against Jared Fogle’s appeal of his more than 15-and-a-half-year sentence.

Fogle argues that his sentence was too harsh because in some cases, he was sentenced for what he called fantasies, that he says did not actually take place. His sentence was above the maximum sentence of 12.5 years agreed upon in his plea deal.

He was sentenced in November on one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. The appeal was filed in February, and argues that the judge’s sentence is unreasonable and undermines the trust needed to negotiate plea agreements.

Prosecutors claim the harsher sentence is warranted. In court documents filed Monday, prosecutors explained Fogle’s fantasies were rooted in reality because he did pay to have sex with children, and even if he was sometimes unsuccessful, made attempts to find more children.