Felicity Huffman Gets 14-Day Prison Sentence

Felicity Huffman Gets 14-Day Prison Sentence

Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days behind bars for her role in the college admissions scandal.

The Desperate Housewives actress, 56, faced Judge Indira Talwani on Friday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Boston. In addition to the 14 days incarceration, the judge fined her $30,000 and said she would be on supervised release for one year. She will also have to do 250 hours of community service.

Huffman arrived in court holding the hand of her husband, William H. Macy. She wore a short-sleeved navy blue dress and low-heeled beige pumps.

She tearfully addressed the judge prior to sentencing, saying, ” I am deeply sorry to the parents, students, colleges and universities who have been impacted by my actions. I am sorry to my daughter Sophia, my daughter Georgia and to my husband Bill. I have betrayed them all.”

While she spoke, Macy’s eyes welled up with tears.

After the sentence was handed down, Macy walked over to the defendant’s table and rubbed Huffman’s shoulders and hugged her from behind. Huffman reached up and held his hand. Later, Macy consoled Huffman, twice telling her, “It’s OK.”

She later left the courthouse with Macy and family members without speaking to reporters. The group got into a Chevy Traverse SUV that drove away.

Huffman must begin her incarceration within 60 days, Judge Talwani said. Talwani will recommend where she serves her sentence. Martin Murphy, her attorney, asked Talwani that Huffman serve her time in a Dublin, Calif. correctional institution near her home.

Talwani said Huffman was not among the most egregious offenders in the admissions ring, but stressed, “She knew what she was doing was wrong and did take many steps to facilitate the scheme. She knew it was fraud. Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this.”

Talwani said that if she didn’t sentence Huffman to time behind bars, people would always wonder “why you got away with this.”

Huffman pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors had recommended that she serve one month in prison, 12 years of supervised release, and pay a $20,000 fine. Huffman’s lawyers asked that she receive one year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine.


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September 14th, 2019

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