Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to fourteen days behind bars, and will also be required to pay a fine and perform community service, for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal.
The actress, who admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s exam answers secretly corrected in 2017, was one of 50 parents and coaches caught up in the scheme.
In a statement after her sentencing, she said:
“There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. I would like to apologise again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
Prosecutors recommended a month in prison and a $20,000 fine, however, judge Indira Talwani sentenced her to 14 days, a well as a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
In her remarks, the judge said that while Felicity Huffman accepted responsibility for her actions, “trying to be a good mother” does not excuse what she did.
The former Desperate Housewives star, who pleaded guilty to mail and honest services fraud back in May, is the first parent to be sentenced in relation to the college admissions cheating scandal.
She has six weeks to report to prison.
Actress Lori Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get her daughters into USC as members of the rowing team.
She is due in court again on October 2.Image: Getty Images / David L Ryan / The Boston Globe