In a Boston courtroom today, a judge sentenced former Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman to 14 days behind bars for her participation in the college admissions scandal that rocked academia earlier this year. In addition to jail time, Huffman was also ordered to pay a $30k fine, and be subject to one year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service, TMZ reports.
In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud, admitting that she’d paid shady college admissions counselor Rick Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter’s SAT score. Lori Loughlin, the other celebrity mom embroiled in “Operation Varsity Blues,” pleaded not guilty, as did her husband, Target-famous fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
Prosecutors had sought a prison term of one month for Huffman, but the actress submitted a letter to the court, expressing contrition and pleading for mercy.
“Here is the personal side of my story,” she wrote. “I find Motherhood bewildering. From the moment my children were born, I worried that they got me as a Mother.”
“I just wanted to give [my daughter] a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor,” the letter states. “This sounds hollow now, but, in my mind, I knew that her success of failure in theater or film wouldn’t depend on her math skills.”
According to TMZ, Huffman has to turn herself in on October 25.