Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal
“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to two weeks in prison for paying bribes to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious American university.
Among 50 people indicted in a scam to help children of the elite secure places in top US colleges, Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty in May to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT college entrance exam score.
“After this, you’ve paid your dues,” federal judge Indira Talwani told Huffman, telling her that after serving her term, she can rebuild her life.
“I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with the community around you asking why you had gotten away with this,” the judge said, according to media outlets in the courtroom.
Huffman pleaded guilty in May during a tearful appearance in federal court to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT college entrance exam score.
The plea avoided what would have been a well-publicized trial and a potentially lengthier jail sentence.
The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.
Federal prosecutors had asked that Huffman be given a month in jail.
Her defense team recommended a sentence of a year’s probation and a $20,000 fine.