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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Prosecutor recommends 4-month sentence for the actress.

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Scandal
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Taking responsibility. Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in a Boston court on Monday, May 13, for her part in the college admissions scandal.

According to CNN, assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen recommended that she be given a four-month prison term as well as a $20,000 fine. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 13.

The actress teared up as she admitted her guilt to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, per USA Today. The Desperate Housewives star had paid $15,000 to Rick Singer, the man behind the admissions scheme, to have someone correct her daughter’s SAT answers. Huffman has said that her daughter was not aware of the actress’s actions.

The star previously publicly apologized for her actions. “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,” she said in an April 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.”

Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged. Twelve parents besides Huffman have said they would also plead guilty. Another 17 parents, including Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, entered not guilty pleas.

Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to Singer to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California. Their hearing is set for June 3.

In the meantime, Loughlin is looking to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella as far from the controversy as possible. “She’s sending them to another country where they’ll be free of the pressures of the trial that could send their parents to prison!” an insider snitched to The National ENQUIRER. “At the moment, they’re all locked up inside the house and terrified to show their faces.”

Added the snitch: “But Lori will do anything to protect her daughters — even if it means packing them off to the other side of the world!”