Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, 59, has been dealing with a world of trouble ever since she was arrested for her part in the college admissions scandal. When it came out earlier this year that she had taken steps to ensure that her two daughters would get into prestigious colleges, it's hardly surprising that the general public was outraged. After pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud this past May, everyone's been wondering what her sentence will be.
Just yesterday, Huffman finally received her sentence of 14 days in jail for what she did in the college admissions scandal. But that's not even half of her sentence. Judge Indira Talwani also added in a $30 000 fine, one year of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service.
This is something of a compromise between the sentence that prosecutors wanted, and the sentence Huffman's attornies wanted. The prosecutors in her case were seeking a sentence of one month in prison, 12 years of supervised release, and a $20 000 fine. Meanwhile, Huffman's attornies were hoping for one year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $20 000 fine. The prosecutors got some jail time and supervised release, the defense attornies got their community service request, and the fine requested on both sides was higher than expected.
Before her sentencing was announced, Huffman addressed the court to say, "I am deeply sorry to the parents, students, colleges and universities who have been impacted by my actions. I am sorry to my daughter Sophia, my daughter Georgia and to my husband Bill. I have betrayed them all."
Judge Talwani acknowledged that Huffman may not have been the most egregious offender in the college admission scandal, but explained, "She knew what she was doing was wrong and did take many steps to facilitate the scheme. She knew it was fraud. Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this." The judge also added that if Huffman didn't serve any jail time, the public would end up wondering "why you got away with this."
Finally, Judge Talwani revealed that Huffman must begin her jail sentence sometime in the next 60 days. The judge will also give the recommendation as to where she'll serve time. One of Huffman's attornies has already asked that Huffman be incarcerated inside of a Dublin, California correctional institution that's close to her home. As of now, it's unknown if that request will be granted.
All we know right now is that Huffman is definitely going to be serving some jail time for her participation in the college admissions scandal. Do you agree or disagree with her sentence? Let us know your thoughts!