As her lawyers said she was “remorseful” and “deeply ashamed,” Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison in connection with the US college admissions scam on Sept. 13.
Felicity pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with the case in May. On Sept. 13, Judge Indira Talwani also sentenced the mother of two to 200 hours of community service and said she must pay a US$30,000 fine.
The star’s lawyers had asked the judge not to send Felicity to prison, and said she should be sentenced to one year of probation, 250 hours of community service and pay a US$30,000 fine instead. Prosecutors wanted a stricter sentence, and asked the judge to sentence her to a month of prison time along with 12 months of supervised release and a US$20,000 fine, according to ABC News.
“After her arrest, Felicity found a wonderful family therapist and we’ve all been going (in various combinations) for the last few months,” Felicity’s husband, actor William H. Macy, wrote to the judge, according to ABC News. “There is much to be done, and some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through, but we are making progress.”
Felicity was accused of paying US$15,000 to have answers corrected on her daughter Sofia Grace Macy’s SAT exam. In April, Felicity agreed to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud connection with the case. Then, the star said she was “ashamed” of her actions and had “betrayed her daughter.”
“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 told the judge on April 9.
“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.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” Felicity continued. “This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
In April, a complaint said the Emmy Award-winner admitted to paying US$15,000 to California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, which was disguised as a charitable donation and was intended “facilitate cheating” on her daughter’s SAT score, according to CNN. Thirteen others have said they will plead guilty in connection with the scandal.