Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday to rigging her older daughter's SAT score in a deal for prosecutors to recommend a four-month prison sentence. She will also pay a $20,000 fine. The legendary lifestyle guru, of course, had her own legal drama in the past, when she served a five-month sentence in a federal corrections facility from 2004 to 2005 after being convicted of multiple felony charges.
- Manny Medrano, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, told The Times last month that based on 2019 federal sentencing guidelines, Huffman likely would face from four to 10 months in prison as part of her plea. Judge Talwani confirmed to Huffman after asking repeatedly that she was sure she wanted to plead guilty, that she has lost a number of rights: gun ownership, voting in many states, and holding office. Seventeen other parents, including Loughlin, have made a decision to fight the charges and formally submitted not guilty pleas. Thirty-three parents have been charged in the wide-ranging case.
She has apologized and says she will accept the consequences. In a statement she read to the court, Huffman claimed her daughter did not know that her mother had paid to have the answers on her SAT exam corrected after taking the test. She said yes, and also said she had "requested, for legitimate medical reasons", that Sofia, who sees a neuropsychologist, receive extra time on the test, according to NBC News. She emailed Singer: "Hurray!"
Huffman's daughter took the SAT in December 2017. Under these conditions, Huffman's daughter scored 1420 of her SATs, approximately 400 points higher than she scored a year earlier on her PSATs.
Huffman, 56, paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation ("KWF"), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes.
Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the USA, and obstruction of justice. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19. The girl was "so academically driven", Huffman told Singer over the phone, but they didn't want to take chances. They ultimately agreed to $15,000.
"Cool", Macy said, according to transcripts quoted in the affidavit.
She is married to William H. Macy, 69, star of the television show "Shameless" and numerous Hollywood films including Fargo. They have not said why.
Devin Sloane, a California businessman tied to the college admission scandal, also pleaded guilty.
With the doctored photo and a recruiting profile that falsely said Sloane's son played for the "Italian Junior National Team" and "LA Water Polo" team, the boy was admitted to USC in March 2018. Prosecutors have said the investigation is ongoing.