Tuesday 19 November 2019

Felicity Huffman released 11 days into 14-day prison term

The Desperate Housewives star was released from a low-security prison for women.

Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Actress Felicity Huffman has been released from a federal prison in California on the 11th day of a 14-day sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal.

The US Bureau of Prisons said the Desperate Housewives star was released from the low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay area on Friday morning.

Under prison policy, inmates scheduled for weekend release are let out on Friday.

Her husband, actor William H Macy, dropped off Huffman at the Federal Correctional Institution on October 15.

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I was frightened. I was stupid and I was so wrong Felicity Huffman

A federal judge in Boston last month sentenced Huffman (56) to two weeks in prison, a 30,000 dollar fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation after she pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for paying an admissions consultant 15,000 dollars to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers.

The Emmy-award winning actress tearfully apologised at her sentencing. “I was frightened. I was stupid and I was so wrong,” she said.

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the scandal, which was the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband and others are awaiting trial.

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