Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail For Role in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail For Role in College Admissions Scandal

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Felicity Huffman has learned her fate for her role in the college admissions scandal. On Friday (Sept. 13) the judge sentenced the Desperate Housewives actress to 14 days in jail, 250 hours of community service, 1 year probation and a $30,000 fine.

Prior to sentencing, prosecutors were asking that Felicity serve one month in prison (down from the original four months they were seeking) with 12 years of supervised release, and a fine of $20,000.

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“This was not a blunder or a mistake, this was deliberate and intentional criminal conduct,“ the Assistant US Attorney argued to the judge, according to NBC10 Boston’s Alysha Palumbo’s tweets. “Those who commit fraud in the education context can be and have been sentenced to prison terms.”

“A message must be sent and imprisonment is the only way to send that message,” the AUSA argued, according to another tweet from Palumbo.

Felicity’s defense team was asking for one year of probation, with 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.

According to Scott MacEachern of NBC Boston, the defense argued that punishment should be fair and not treat [Felicity] more severely because of her wealth and fame.

“When she had the opportunity to decide if she was going to do this again, she said no.” MacEachern reported the defense attorney as saying. “This is a litmus test of Ms Huffmans character. She knew she did wrong and her moral compass allowed her to realize that.”

Felicity then talked to the judge and apologized again for her actions.”I am deeply ashamed of what I have done, I have inflicted more damage than I could have imagined,” MacEachern reports Huffman as saying.

Felicity plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Earlier this year, it was alleged that the 56-year-old actress ”made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.” The indictment revealed that their daughter was given more time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.”

Felicity’s admission and apology were most likely taken into account when determining her sentencing.

“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 said in a statement. “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.”

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Prior to receiving her sentence, the Emmy Award winner wrote a three-page letter to the judge, revealing the “utter shame” she felt as a result of her actions in the college admissions scandal.

“Please, let me be very clear, I know there is no justification for what I have done,” she wrote in the letter. “Yes, there is a bigger picture, but ultimately it doesn’t matter because I could have said ‘No’ to cheating on the SAT scores. I unequivocally take complete responsibility for my actions and will respectfully accept whatever punishment the court deems appropriate.”