Last time we checked in with Felicity Huffman, her husband and Desperate Housewives costars were pleading for mercy with the court. It worked–sort of.
Huffman will be serving just 14 days in a minimum-security prison instead of the recommended max of 4 months.
The federal prosecutor had initially asked for a sentence of 1 month in prison, while Huffman’s lawyer argued that she should avoid jail altogether. It seems the judge split the difference with 2 weeks in prison in addition to a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
Huffman exited the courtroom with a sorrowful yet strong expression, wearing minimal makeup and a conservative navy blue dress with matching cardigan. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, held her hand.
As someone who is very conscious of her image, thanks to her long career in front of cameras, Huffman did everything right, including her public statement following the sentencing on Friday.
“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”
Huffman went on to apologize to her family–and to the students and parents who have never attempted to buy their way into an elite college. Judge Talwani had some stern yet encouraging words for Huffman in return: “You can move forward and rebuild your life after this. Without this sentence, I think the community around you would ask why you got away with this.”
Although she was sentenced in Boston, the Bureau of Prisons will decide where Huffman will do her time. Her attorney asked that she be assigned to a low-security correctional institution near San Francisco, presumably to be closer to her family in Los Angeles.
The prison is apparently one of the nicest in the country, which I’m sure was part of her decision. She’ll find out on October 25 whether she gets the prison of her choice.
Experts agree that Huffman’s sentencing, although relatively lenient, is not good news for the other defendants in the college admissions scandal. The actress was the first person sentenced and one of the earliest to take a plea deal and fully admit her guilt.
Aunt Becky? Not so much.
Lori Loughlin was among the parents who chose not to plead guilty. She allegedly regrets that decision now. An inside source told People that Loughlin is very much aware that Huffman’s sentence is bad news for her.
“This has been a rough day. Lori is going to move forward as best as she can, but now she has a little more clarity about what will happen next,” the source said.
While Huffman paid $15,000 to have her older daughter’s SAT scores corrected, Loughlin and fashion designer hubby Mossimo Giannuli paid $500,000 in bribes to scam their daughters into USC by pretending the girls were crew team stars.
So not only did Aunt Becky commit a more serious crime–and faces more serious felony charges–but she also refused to take the deal offered by prosecutors. Her only chance of avoiding jail time is to be found not guilty by a jury, but that seems unlikely given the evidence against her.
We’ll keep you posted as the college admissions scandal unfolds!