Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Along with prison time, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman to a $30,000 fine, supervised release for one year and 250 hours of community service in the scandal’s first sentencing of a parent. Huffman, along with actress Lori Loughlin, is also one of the case’s most famous.
Prosecutors sought one month of prison for the former “Desperate Housewives” actress, who has admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct answers on the SAT exam for her older daughter, Sophia.
In court Friday, Huffman apologized for her role in the scandal, saying, “I take full responsibility of my actions and making amends with my crime. I will deserve whatever punishment you give me.”
Felicity Huffman sentenced: The actress received two weeks in prison, $30,000 fine for college admissions scandal
She teared up recounting the story of how her daughter discovered what she had done.
“She said, ‘I don’t know who you are anymore, mom. Why didn’t you believe in me, mom? Why didn’t you think I can do it on my own?’ I can only say, ‘I’m sorry Sophia. I was so stupid and I was so wrong’. … I have done more damage than I could have ever imagined.”
Huffman has now released an official statement following her sentencing. Read her emotional message in full:
“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.
“I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.
Felicity Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, leave the federal courthouse in Boston following her sentencing in the college admission scandal on Sept. 13, 2019. She was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service. (Photo: CJ GUNTHER/ EPA-EFE)
“I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person. My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can well after those service hours are completed.
“I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed.
“My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions.”
Contributing: Joey Garrison
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