After professing her innocence for over a year, former Fuller House star Lori Loughlin is now set to plead guilty for her alleged part in the infamous college admissions scandal of 2019. Allegedly, Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli had conspired to fake their daughters' credentials to secure their admission into the University of Southern California. Initially, Loughlin and Giannulli had pleaded not guilty, insisting that the allegations against them were illegitimate with apparent plans to take the case to trial. Loughlin had even tried to get the judge to toss the case, but the motion was not surprisingly denied. Now, it's looking like Loughlin and Giannulli thought things over and have decided to change course with their plans in the courtroom.
Reportedly, the couple have agreed to plead guilty to the charges against them rather than leaving it up to a jury to decide their fate. For her part, Loughlin has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and if the judge signs off, the deal will see Lori Loughlin spend two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, and be subjected to two years of supervised released. Giannulli is also expected to plead guilty to one count of the same charge along with an additional charge of honest services wire and mail fraud, and his plea deal would include five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service.
While we can only speculate as to why Loughlin and Giannulli are now set to plead guilty to these charges, perhaps the couple just wants to finally put the situation behind them in one way or another after fighting the charges for well over a year. Ever since the news broke, Loughlin has endured immense public humiliation in addition to losing her acting jobs, despite her constant claims that she was innocent. In the court of public opinion, fighting the charges for so long was only making things worse for Loughlin, and maybe the actress and her husband are just ready for the nightmare to come to an end, even if it means doing a bit of time.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman was also a part of last year's college admissions scandal with similar allegations of using bribery to have her daughter enrolled in a prestigious college. However, Huffman handled the situation differently, taking full responsibility at the start by admitting her part in the crime, apologizing, and asking for forgiveness. After pleading guilty to honest services fraud, she was sentenced to 14 days in jail and was even released two days early. Completing her time all the way back in October, the scandal has long since been in Huffman's rearview mirror, and one can't help but wonder if Loughlin is now wishing that she would have done the same.
In any case, the end is finally in sight for what seems to be a never-ending story. Because much bigger things have been happening in 2020, most people probably don't feel as passionate about the college bribery scandal as they might have last year, so I would say the rest of us are also satisfied to see this saga coming to a close. This information comes to us from NBC News.