It’s been quite a year for Felicity Huffman after news broke that she was involved in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Now, the actress has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, and a source exclusively told In Touch that she is dreading what’s to come. The 56-year-old is “terrified of being locked up,” they explained. “She’s afraid she may get picked on because she’s a celebrity and hates the thought of being away from her family. She just wants to get it over with.”
Despite breaking the law, Huffman is remorseful of her past actions. “She’s doing the utmost to make up for her mistakes and be a better person,” the source added. “The whole ordeal has made her reflect on her life and learn a lot.” Huffman — who shares two daughters 19-year-old Sophia and 17-year-old Georgia with husband William H. Macy — is also “trying to spend as much time as possible with her family,” before she departs, the insider noted. “They come first.”
In April, Huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 to boost Sophia’s SAT scores. On September 13, the Desperate Housewives alum received her prison sentence. Additionally, she was sentenced to one year of probation, and she has to complete 250 hours of community service as well as pay a $30,000 fine.
After the judge told her the sentence, Huffman accepted “the court’s decision without reservation,” she said in a statement. “I broke the law. I have admitted that, and I have pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
Ultimately, Huffman is trying to move on from her previous mistakes. “I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person,” she continued. “My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can — well after those service hours are completed.”
Huffman will report to the Dublin Correctional Facility in Dublin, California, on October 25.
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