July 26, 2021

New photo shows Felicity Huffman in prison uniform as she serves 13 days in jail for college admissions scam

(CNN) — The public first got a glimpse of actress Felicity Huffman’s jail life with photos and video taken Saturday that showed her walking around in a green prison uniform.

The “Desperate Housewives” star was spotted in a dark green suit at the low-security federal prison in Dublin, California, five days after his two-week prison sentence for his role in the college admissions scam.

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In the photos and video, Huffman wears glasses, a white cap, black sneakers, and a watch on his right wrist.

Huffman reported to FCI Dublin on Tuesday and is the first of more than 30 parents charged in the case to begin serving a prison sentence.

The actress pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud by paying $ 15,000 as part of a scheme to cheat her daughter’s SAT scores.

Ultimately, she will serve 13 days in prison as she was credited with the day she spent in federal custody after being arrested in March, according to a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was also sentenced to one year of supervised release, ordered to do 250 hours of community service and to pay a $ 30,000 fine.

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“In my desperation to be a good mother, I convinced myself that I believed that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair chance,” Huffman said in a letter to the court. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have violated the law, I have deceived the educational community, I have betrayed my daughter and I have failed my family.

In court during her sentencing, Huffman apologized to the judge, her daughters and her husband, actor William H. Macy.

“I am deeply ashamed of what I have done,” she told the judge. “At the end of the day I had to make a decision. I could have said ‘no’.

Huffman also echoed that sentiment in a statement issued to the media, saying, “There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Point”.

“And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make enormous sacrifices to support their children,” he said in his statement.

The federal correctional institution in Dublin is considered a “low security” prison with 1,235 inmates in Alameda County, about 35 miles from San Francisco.

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So far, 10 parents who have pleaded guilty to conspiracy fraud have been convicted for their roles in the college admissions scam.

Punishments have ranged from five months in prison for Agustin Huneeus Jr., who participated in the cheating and athlete recruitment testing aspects of the plan, to not one day in prison for Peter Jan Sartorio, who paid 15,000 to have the answers on your daughter’s test.

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.