There was a time when fellow actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin shared the same television screen. But when it comes to their part in the college admissions scandal, their individual fates couldn’t be more different.
In a new interview reported on by People magazine, Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling weighed in on the sentence Loughlin may soon receive for her part in the scandal.
“We will probably ask for a higher sentence for [Loughlin] than we did for Felicity Huffman,” he revealed. “I can’t tell you what that would be… it’s tough to tell at this point. It just happened to be that Ms. Huffman was probably the least culpable of the defendants who we’ve charged in that case. She took responsibility almost immediately, she was contrite, did not try to minimize her conduct. I think she handled it in a very classy way.”
According to the March indictment, Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 to try to get her daughters into the University of Southern California. Huffman, on the other hand, only paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT test corrected in the hopes of getting her a better score.
Granted, none of this is good.
Huffman was recently sentenced to 14 days behind bars. However, Loughlin just might be looking at a whole lot more when it comes to jail time.
“At the end of the day, we thought the one month was proportional,” Lelling said of the original recommendation for sentencing. “I think the two weeks was also reasonable. We were happy with that. I think it was a thoughtful sentence. I think it sent a clear message to the other parents involved that there really is a good chance if you’re convicted of the offense, you’re going to go to prison for some period of time.”
Lori and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pled not guilty to their charges.