Going behind bars. Lori Loughlin’s daughters not being allowed to visit her in prison will be the “hardest part” of her two-month sentence, a source exclusively tells In Touch.
The Full House alum, 56, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 57, “knew this day was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier,” the insider says. “Lori has been dreading this time. She’s been trying to prepare by doing yoga and meditation, but there’s nothing that could ease her fear and sense of doom.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, visitors in the prison facility will be limited. “She knows it’s not a long sentence,” but the idea of not having interaction with daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade is making the ordeal that much more difficult, the source adds. “[Loughlin and Giannulli] did think they would be able to spread out their prison time so one parent could be home with the kids, but that didn’t happen.”
Along with serving time, the former When Calls the Heart star will have two years of supervised release, 100 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine to pay for her involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.
During her Zoom hearing on Friday, August 21, Loughlin took full “responsibility” for her actions and vowed to make better decisions going forward.
“I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good and give back for the rest of my life,” the mother of two tearfully told the judge.
Earlier today, the judge accepted Giannulli’s plea deal via his Zoom hearing, sentencing the style icon to five months in prison, two years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service. He and Loughlin both have been requested to turn themselves in by November 19.
After initially denying their involvement in the operation called “Varsity Blues” by prosecutors, the couple owned up to their wrongdoing in the bribery scheme in May after securing their own plea deals.
Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud at the time, while Giannulli pleaded guilty to the same charge, as well as honest services wire and mail fraud.
Following news of their plea deals, Isabella, 21, and Olivia, 20, felt a sense of relief, another insider exclusively told In Touch. “They know that their parents had their best interests at heart when they did what they did, but it was wrong and they got caught,” the source said. “They should have admitted their guilt from the beginning, but now that they have, they can all move on.”
Reporting by Rick Egusquiza
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