She’s taking responsibility. Felicity Huffman appeared in a Boston federal courtroom on Monday, May 13, and officially entered a guilty plea for her role in the nationwide college admissions scandal. The former Desperate Housewives actress was accompanied by her brother, Moore.
According to a new report from the L.A. Times, prosecutors recommended a sentence at the low end of guidelines: a four to 10-month prison stint and a $20,000 fine. Huffman, 56, was arrested back in March and charged with “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.” Now, the star has become one of the 24 people who have agreed to plead guilty in the case.
Huffman will reportedly be sentenced in September 2019, and until then, we won’t know if she’ll have to spend any time behind bars. The court documents revealed that she used “a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter [Sofia],” and she’s since released a statement.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman wrote on April 8. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.”
“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,” the actress continued, noting how her daughter wasn’t involved.
Meanwhile, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who were also indicted in the case, have pleaded not guilty for their alleged involvement in the scandal. Both of them will be appearing again in court soon, as they have a hearing scheduled for June 3.
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