UPDATE: JANUARY 26, 2021—On Tuesday morning, a federal judge denied College Admissions Scandal dad Mossimo Giannulli’s request to serve out the last three months of his sentence at home rather than in a prison cell.
Giannulli’s lawyers had filed an emergency motion on January 15, complaining that Giannulli had spent 56 days of his in solitary confinement because of COVID-19 concerns, which they said had a “significant” impact on his “mental, physical, and emotional well-being.”
According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said Giannulli had failed to demonstrate an “‘extraordinary and compelling’ reason warranting his release.”
He’s scheduled to be released on April 17.
JANUARY 15, 2021—Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer and husband of Fuller House star Lori Loughlin who was sentenced to five months in prison for his part in the College Admissions Scandal, asked a court Thursday to let him serve the remainder of his time at home, saying he’s been in solitary confinement since he arrived eight weeks ago.
In an emergency motion, Giannulli’s lawyers said that he was expecting to spend only a short time in quarantine before going on to serve the bulk of his sentence in a minimum-security camp, but was instead held in solitary at the connecting medium-security USP Lompoc for 56 days before finally being transferred to the camp Wednesday.
The designer’s attorneys wrote that, upon reporting to serve his sentence in November, Giannulli “was immediately placed in solitary confinement in a small cell at the adjacent medium-security penitentiary, 24 hours per day with only three short 20-minute breaks per week, where he remained for 56 days before finally being transferred to the camp [on January 13],” CNN reports.
The lawyers contend that Giannulli has unfairly served 40 percent of his sentence in solitary “despite testing negative for COVID-19 at least ten times and despite his counsel’s multiple requests that [the Bureau of Prisons] release him from quarantine.”
As a result, the attorneys say, “the toll on Mr. Giannulli’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being has been significant.”
Giannulli and Loughlin spent a year denying accusations that they paid $500,000 in bribes and falsely portrayed daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose as accomplished crew recruits to get them into USC—at one point even accusing the feds of withholding evidence that would exonerate them.
In May, however, Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, while Loughlin copped to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in a camp that offers Pilates and ukulele classes—which she completed just in time for New Year’s—plus $150,000 fine and 100 hours community service. Giannulli caught a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service on top of his five-month stint. Both parents were also hit with two years of supervised release.
A judge has yet to rule on Giannulli’s motion.