Lori Loughlin is reportedly “incredibly panicked” after Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and fined $30,000 after pleading guilty in Operation Varsity Blues.
“Lori [Loughlin] has kept a close eye on Felicity [Huffman] throughout the case and after hearing her 14-day sentence, she’s been incredibly panicked,” a source close to the 55-year-old actress told Entertainment Weekly in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Report: Felicity Huffman Deletes Post About Being A ‘Good Enough’ Mom Following College Admission Scam Arrest)
“She can’t help thinking, if Felicity received real prison time, what could that mean for her,” the source added. “Lori didn’t believe Felicity should have pleaded guilty but now watching her situation play out, she’s been in fear of what’s to come for her.” (RELATED: Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scandal)
The source continued, “Right now, her friends fear the prosecution wants to make an example out of her, not only for the crime she’s been accused of, but her not guilty plea.”(RELATED: Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Bragged About Going To School To Party)
“Lori has confided in friends that she has nightmares about what’s to come and has been living with constant anxiety,” a source told the outlet. “Lori chose a very different path than Felicity and felt taking a deal was a mistake. She doesn’t believe she deserves jail time.”
“Lori and her husband worked hard this summer to hold their family together, but it’s been very rough,” the insider added.
On Friday, the “Desperate Housewives” star appeared before a judge where she was sentenced to 14 days behind bars with one year of probation and told she must serve 250 hours of community service.
It comes after Huffman pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for allegedly paying $15,000 to raise her daughter’s SAT score.
As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters accepted to the University of Southern California by pretending they were competitive rowing recruits.
The two later pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud.