“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman was Friday sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores in the sweeping college admissions cheating scandal.
She was also ordered to pay $30,000 fine and serve a year of supervised release, as well as 250 hours of community service.
Huffman pleaded guilty to charges that she paid college fixer William “Rick” Singer $15,000 disguised as a “purported charitable contribution” to boost elder daughter Sophia’s test scores, according to the report.
Prosecutors said she made similar arrangements for her younger daughter, Georgia, but didn’t follow through.
The 56-year-old mom of two wept as she apologized to the court and her two daughters for her shameful actions before Judge Indira Talwani read the sentence.
“I am sorry to my daughter Sophie, my daughter Georgia, my husband William. I have betrayed them,” Huffman began.
The actress recalled the time she was driving to the testing center after agreeing to scam the system.
“Sophia was in the car next to me, she was nervous, asking if we could get ice cream. I thought … I can just turn around … and to my eternal shame, I didn’t.”
She sobbed as she added, “I can only say I am so sorry, Sophia. I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed at what I have done. I have inflicted more damage than I could imagine.”
Before reading the sentence, Judge Talwani acknowledged that Huffman took responsibility early, but also said “trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this.”
The actress was among dozens of celebrities and high-profile persons named in college admissions bribery scandal earlier this year.
“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged. The couple pleaded not guilty.
Felicity Huffman is a recipient of numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, nominations for an Academy Award, and a BAFTA Award.
Huffman will self-surrender to a federal lockup on October 25. Her lawyers reportedly asked that she should be allowed to serve prison time at FCI Dublin – a low-security, all-female inmate prison in northern California.