Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison. The actress was caught up in the FBI's Operation Varsity Blues investigation earlier this year. In addition to the two weeks of prison time, Huffman has been slapped with a year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and $30,000 fine. The actress paid $15,000 in an effort to boost her daughter's SAT scores. She was arrested in March of this year and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
Judge Indira Talwani found the decision to be surprising due to her skepticism of prosecution arguments leading up to the hearing. The prosecution was attempting to land Felicity Huffman in prison for a full month, but were unsuccessful. While they didn't get the prison time they were going after, the verdict is very much a big win. Talwani had this to say while issuing the verdict.
"Trying to be a good mother doesn't excuse this. The outrage in this case is a system that is already so distorted by money and privilege in the first place... You took the step of having one more advantage to put your child ahead."
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman's lawyer was trying to get her sentence lowered to one year of probation and community service. Huffman gave an emotional apology before the sentence was rendered. "I was frightened, I was stupid and I was so wrong," she said. "I am deeply ashamed of what I have done." Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen had this to say about the verdict.
"A message must be sent and imprisonment is the only way to send that message... In prison everyone wears the same clothes. Prison is the great leveler."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen is trying to send a message that the rich should not get privileged treatment. Felicity Huffman wrote a letter to Judge Indira Talwani last week in which she tried to explain herself. She said, "In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot." However, Rosen counter argued in court that, "With all due respect to the defendant, welcome to parenthood... Parenting does not make you a felon. It does not make you cheat."
Felicity Huffman is all set to report to prison on October 25th. Huffman has not received any acting offers since the scandal became public news earlier this year. When discussing his wife's primary focus, William H. Macy says, "Felicity's only interest now is figuring out how to make amends and help her daughters heal and move on." While two weeks in prison isn't a whole lot, it should be a pretty big message to the rest of the wealthy parents who were swept up in the investigation, including former Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin. This was first reported by Variety about Felicity Huffman's prison sentence.