Felicity Huffman pled guilty -- now what?
The former "Desperate Housewives" actress released a statement on Monday that revealed she is one of 13 parents who will be pleading guilty to charges in the college admissions scandal.
"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions," the statement read. "I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community."
Huffman was arrested in March for allegedly paying $15,000 to have an SAT proctor correct her daughter, Sofia's, incorrect scores after she turned in her test. The actress said in her statement that her daughter "knew absolutely nothing" about what she did.
Though prosecutors in the case are reportedly only offering plea deals attached to prison time, TMZ reports that Huffman's plea could get her as little as four months in prison. Sources told the outlet that the remaining 37 individuals who have been charged in the case, which includes Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, have been offered plea deals "largely determined by the amount they paid in bribes and whether they accept responsibility for what they did."
In other words, the more money that the parents reportedly used to bribe officials, the more prison time they're likely looking at. The outlet notes that Loughlin and Giannulli, if they accept a plea deal, would get a minimum of two years each behind bars. They have been accused of paying $500,000 to get both of their daughters into USC.
If parents involved in the case don't accept their plea deal "quickly," they could be slapped with other charges like money laundering and go to a Federal Grand Jury.
Us Weekly talked to state and federal criminal defense attorney Lou Shapiro whose opinion fell in line with TMZ's reporting, adding that Huffman's lawyers could be expected to fight for no prison time for their famous client.
"In light of the fact that the prosecutors are requesting a relatively low amount of incarceration, it puts Huffman’s defense team in striking distance of a no-prison outcome," he explained.
Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, with whom she also shares daughter Georgia, 17, was spotted out riding his motorcycle on Monday following his wife entering a plea. Though he wasn't charged in connection with the scandal because he allegedly only discussed a bribery plan for their younger daughter, he did accompany his wife when she was released on $250,000 bail last month. He was noticeably absent, though, during her first court appearance in Boston last week.