Following time spent locked up for her role in the famous college admissions scandal which dominated headlines earlier this year, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is now a free woman. Back in March, Huffman was among many wealthy parents accused of using bribery to have their children enrolled for prestigious colleges when they otherwise may not have been accepted. Huffman would later plead guilty to the charges, and after spending 11 days behind bars, the actress left the Federal Correction Institution in Dublin, California, and will now be able to put the whole incident behind her.
For her part in the bribery scheme, Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, with the day she was arrested counting as one day of time served. Her release on Friday comes two days early, although this is apparently typical of inmates whose release date falls on a weekend or legal holiday. As a part of her sentencing, Huffman had also been ordered to pay a $30,000 fine along with one year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service. While Huffman was in prison, prosecutors had informed the court the actress has since paid the fine in full. For Huffman, the goal at this time will be to focus on her community service hours as she moves on with her life.
At her sentencing, Huffman released a statement accepting the court's decision and taking full responsibility for her actions. "I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime," Huffman wrote, adding she will "try and live a more honest life" to be a better role model for her daughters and family in the years ahead. Clearly, enduring all of the humiliation associated with her role in the scandal over the past several months has had an effect on Huffman, but the worst part of the ordeal is now behind her. The same cannot be said for the parents who pleaded not guilty, as they could wind up spending a much longer time in prison.
Back in March, the story first broke about the notorious College admissions scandal where Huffman was one of 35 parents to be accused of bribing their kids' way into college. For her part, Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 for her daughter's SAT exam to be doctored. Full House star Lori Loughlin and her husband had also been named as a part of the scandal for using bribery to place their two daughters into an esteemed university. Time will tell whether Lori Loughlin's gamble of pleading not guilty will result in her doing more or less time than Huffman, but getting hit with new bribery charges certainly doesn't help her chances.
Prior to the scandal, Huffman was perhaps best known for her Emmy-winning role on the TV series Desperate Housewives. It remains to be seen just how much the college admissions scandal will affect Huffman's acting career moving forward, but Hollywood has certainly forgiven others for much worse. This news comes to us from Yahoo.