Felicity Huffman is breathing in the sweet smell of freedom this weekend, after being released three days early from her two-week prison sentence.
The California Board of Prisons confirmed the news, citing a provision that allows inmates to be freed early if their release date falls on a weekend or holiday.
The Desperate Housewives star pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud and conspiracy back in May, admitting her role in the college admissions cheating scandal.
In 2017, Huffman paid US $15,000 to a college admissions consultant, who allegedly bribed a test proctor in order to have her eldest daughter’s SAT score boosted.
The actress said that she was “deeply sorry” for her actions. She reported to federal prison on October 15, and a statement from her rep said:
“Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions.”
The actress will be required to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a US $30,000 fine. At the time of her sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani said:
“I think this is the right sentence here. You can move forward and rebuild your life after this. Without this sentence, I think the community around you would ask why you got away with this.”
Lori Loughlin, who was also caught up in the college admissions scandal, has pleaded not guilty, and faces a potentially stiff sentence if she is unable to defend herself against the charges.