Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is out of prison.
The mother of two has been released after serving 11 days of a 14-day sentence she received in connection with the US college admissions scandal that shocked the world earlier this year. In it, dozens of people were accused of taking part in a scheme to guarantee their children would be given admission to ivy league and elite colleges and universities in the United States.
The mother of two, who tearfully pleaded guilty to committing mail fraud and honest services mail fraud earlier this year, will now have to serve a year of supervised release, pay a US$30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.
When Felicity received her prison sentence in September, her lawyers said she was “remorseful” and “deeply ashamed” after pleading guilty to several charges in connection with the case in May. Her legal team asked Judge Indira Talwani not to send her to prison, while prosecutors had wanted a stricter sentence, saying the judge should hand her a month of prison time along with 12 months of supervised released and a US$20,000 fine.
Felicity was accused of paying US$15,000 to have answers corrected on her daughter Sofia Grace Macy’s SAT exam. In April, when Felicity agreed to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, she 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.