Facing the consequences. Felicity Huffman is potentially looking at one month in jail, followed by a 12-month supervised release, and a fine of $20,000 for her involvement in the college admissions scandal that swept the nation. This is the government’s recommendation for what her sentence should be, and something the judge will take into consideration when she appears in court next Friday, September 13.
Huffman previously pleaded guilty to paying a consultant $15,000 to obtain a higher score on her daughter’s SAT. Prosecutors initially said they would recommend a sentence of four months, and the guidelines were four to 10 months.
The Desperate Housewives actress, 56, was arrested back in March on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Now those closest to her are rallying in support, as it was revealed on Friday, September 6, that her former costar, Eva Longoria, wrote a passionate letter to the judge defending Huffman amid her legal battle.
In her own letter to the judge, Huffman asked for a more lenient sentence, suggesting instead a year of probation and community service.
Huffman broke her silence about the controversy back in April while taking to Instagram with 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,” the star wrote at the time.
“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,” Huffman continued.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” the actress’ statement concluded. “This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
We’ll find out the verdict next week.
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