Full House star Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are both headed to prison for the roles they played in last year's infamous college admissions scandal. In March of 2019, Loughlin and Giannulli were named along with dozens of other wealthy parents as part of a bribery scheme to have their children enrolled in prestigious universities. According to prosecutors, Loughlin and Giannulli had allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted into the University of Southern California as a part of the college's women's rowing team, although neither had ever rowed.
Facing justice for the crime on Friday, Giannulli was sentenced first, and his sentence is in line with the plea agreement the fashion designer had previously accepted. He has been ordered to serve five months in prison for what the judge called "a breathtaking crime on the nation's higher education system." He will then be placed on two years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. As noted by Judge Nathaniel Gorton during the sentencing, the defense also made no attempt to dispute the recommended sentence.
"I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others," Giannulli reportedly said at the hearing, according to The Associated Press. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I've learned from this experience."
In addition to losing her jobs on Fuller House and When Calls the Heart last year, Loughlin is also set to go behind bars along with her husband after today's sentencing as well. Still, her sentence was a bit lighter, as the court noted she was not as heavily involved in the scheme as her husband. The Aunt Becky actress has been sentenced to two months in prison with two years of supervised release and orders to pay an additional fine of $150,000 and perform 250 hours of community service.
At this time, Loughlin might be wishing she had taken some notes from actress Felicity Huffman instead of dragging out the legal battle for over a year. Also named as a part of the college bribery scandal, Huffman accepted responsibility by publicly confessing to her part in the scheme in an apology letter released online. After pleading guilty in court, Huffman was sentenced to a much lighter sentence than Loughlin, ordered to serve 14 days in jail along with paying a fine and community service. Better yet for Huffman, the Desperate Housewives star caught a break when she was released two days early because her scheduled release date happened to fall on a weekend.
In any case, Loughlin and Giannulli will have plenty of time to think about what they've done and how it should have been handled. The whole ordeal must have been extra painful for Loughlin, who was forced to miss out on the final season of Fuller House as a result of the controversy. Maybe, just maybe, the fans will forgive her after she does her time, and she can come back as Great-Aunt Becky in the inevitable Fullest House revival that will be out in about another 20 years. This news comes to us from USA Today.