'Real Housewives' Star Teresa Giudice Breaks Silence on Prison Sentence: "I Was Shocked"

Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice-Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' season two premiere-2010
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The reality star and husband Joe will serve time on conspiracy and bankruptcy charges

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice are opening up about their upcoming prison sentences.

The couple were sentenced Thursday to prison time on conspiracy and bankruptcy charges. Teresa received 15 months' prison time, while Joe got a 41-month sentence. They will serve their sentences consecutively so that their four daughters will not be without both parents at once.

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In an interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen taped Friday and set to air at 9 p.m. Monday (part two airs Thursday), Teresa says she was — and still is — speechless over the sentences the duo received.

"I was so nervous yesterday that I was shaking. My nerves were pulling at one point. I couldn't even move my fingers; they were stuck. I couldn't even open my hands. My nerves were shot. I've had sleepless nights. I mean, of course I was shocked. It was very unexpected. I don't know. I don't even know what to say."

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Asked if she'd been in denial, Teresa replied: "I do need to read things before I sign them. I do need to understand things before I sign them. I'm a trustworthy person, and I take what other people say and I believe them, I trust them, and I can't do that anymore."

She also revealed that their oldest daughter, Gia, who is 13, told her mother that she would help Joe with the other three kids while Teresa is in prison.

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"[She said], 'Mommy don't worry. I'll be there, I'll help daddy with the girls. … That will prepare me for when I'm a mom.' ... It broke my heart when she said that."

The Giudices pleaded guilty in March, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe also pleaded guilty to failing to file a 2004 tax return.

Teresa is set to start her prison sentence Jan. 5 in a minimum-security prison; Joe could be deported following his prison time since he isn't a U.S. citizen.

The couple also have each been ordered to pay $414,000 in restitution.