Felicity Huffman Macy just walked into a Boston courtroom Monday morning, apparently to make things official: she’s pleading guilty to her role in the college admissions scandal.
According to media reports, the former Desperate Housewives star is one of 14 parents who have thus far agreed to plead guilty in the high-profile case. She walked into court with her brother, Moore, by her side, though there was no sign of husband William H. Macy, who is apparently not there — at least not in public view.
Officially, the actress pled guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of the fall-out from the federal investigation known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” She has admitted her role in paying $15,000 to the man who orchestrated the massive scheme, Rick Singer, in order to fraudulently boost her daughter’s SAT score as part of the nationwide college admissions scam.
According to TMZ, it could still be another 12-14 weeks before sentencing. Federal prosecutors are aiming for a sentence between four and ten months in federal prison on the guilty plea. Huffman’s lawyers are arguing that the sentence should be between zero and six months, instead. Ultimately, it’ll be up to a judge, who could also decide to levy fines and restitution against the actress, as well.
The star had previously released a statement taking responsibility for her actions and admitting guilt while showing at least some level of remorse, so it’s possible a judge may acknowledge that as appropriately remorseful and lighten her sentence, especially after her guilty plea today.
Regardless… today marks a major moment in the ongoing college admissions bribery case, as it has officially found culpability in one of the most high-profile people accused in the set of allegations. Beyond Huffman Macy’s own potential jail time and the fall-out from all that, today’s guilty plea must also certainly leave Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, wondering: if those who bow to the feds and take the plea are still facing months of time in federal prison, what might be in store for us?!
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