Actress Felicity Huffman received her sentence Friday for her involvement in the college admissions scandal.
BREAKING: Judge sentences #FelicityHuffman to two weeks in prison, and a $30K fine, plus community service.
Says public outrage is because Huffman took one more step to take advantage of a system that already allows her too many already. #WCVB
— Adam Bagni (@AdamBagni) September 13, 2019
The “Desperate Housewives” actress is the first parent to be sentenced in Operation Varsity Blues. Huffman was accused of spending $15,000 to raise her daughter’s SAT score. The actress pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services fraud in May.
Huffman expressed remorse for her actions during the hearing.
“I thought to myself, turn around, and to my eternal shame I didn’t,” she said.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” she wrote. (RELATED: Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scandal)
“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” Huffman added. “I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor. This sounds hollow now, but, in my mind, I knew that her success or failure in theater or film wouldn’t depend on her math skills. I didn’t want my daughter to be prevented from getting a shot at auditioning and doing what she loves because she can’t do math.”
Prosecutors, however, believed Huffman’s actions were “deliberate and manifestly criminal.”
Prosecutors pushed for Huffman to spend a month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine, according to Page Six. The actress’ lawyers argued she should be given probation, a $20,000 fine and be required to complete 250 hours of community service.