“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman received her sentence in the college admissions scandal on Friday.
Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman to 14 days in jail. The actress has also been ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, be on a supervised release for a year, and perform 250 hours of community service.
Huffman was one of a handful of parents accused by prosecutors for using illegal means to help her child get into college. “Full House” star Lori Loughlin was also charged in the case.
While Loughlin chose to fight her charges, Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for paying $15,000 to up the score on her daughter’s SAT score.
Prosecutors alleged that Huffman paid the money to a foundation that arranged for a proctor to score the actress’ daughter well. Her daughter scored a 1420, which was 400 points higher than on the PSAT she had taken a year before.
Huffman took full responsibility for her actions through a public statement.
“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” she said in the statement. “I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
She also claimed her daughter was unaware of her actions.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” she said.
Huffman, 56, arrived in court on Friday with her husband, “Shameless” actor William H. Macy.
She also took responsibility for her actions once again while speaking to the judge in the Boston court on Friday.
“I can only say, I am so sorry Sophia,” she said, referring to her daughter. “I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I’ve done.”
She then said to the judge, “I take full responsibility for my actions. I will deserve whatever punishment you give me.”
The Probation Department recommended no time behind bars for Huffman since no one was hurt in her case.
The report from the Probation Department made prosecutors recommend a lighter sentence for Huffman. They initially wanted the actress behind bars for four months, but later dropped the recommendation down to only one month. Huffman’s lawyers argued that the actress should receive no jail time and instead simply serve a year on probation.
Loughlin has a much longer road ahead of her as she chose not to take a plea deal and is instead fighting against charges that she used fraudulent documents to get her daughter, YouTuber Olivia Jade, into college. What makes that case worse is that Jade has publicly bragged about mostly attending college for social reasons, as opposed to educational ones.
A source told ET that Loughlin is using ignorance as her defense against prosecutors. She is saying that by falsifying documents and using bribery, she thought she was breaking rules, but no actual laws.
“[Lori and her husband] claim they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws,” the source said. “They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning that as part of their defense. They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions.”
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