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EntertainmentFelicity Huffman Weeps While Pleading Guilty as Prosecutors Recommend 4 Months in Prison

23:41  13 may  2019
23:41  13 may  2019 Source:   people.com

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Prosecutors have recommended that Felicity Huffman spend four months in jail as part of a plea agreement in the high-profile college Huffman has agreed not to appeal any prison decision up to 20 years. In return, the government is recommending that she receive a punishment near the lower-end

After pleading guilty , Huffman is sentenced to 4 months in jail for her role in the college admission cheating scandal.

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Prosecutors have recommended that Felicity Huffman spend four months in jail as part of a plea agreement in the high-profile college admissions cheating scandal.

The Desperate Housewives actress appeared in court on Monday to officially plead guilty in the case. Arriving nearly two hours early, she was wearing a dark coat and light skirt. Holding hands with her brother, she had a somber expression as she entered the courthouse.

Huffman broke down in tears in the courtroom while addressing the judge.

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Felicity Huffman left a federal courthouse in Boston on Monday after entering a guilty plea . At left, her brother Moore Huffman Jr. walked beside her.Credit The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison . However, prosecutors have said that they would recommend four

Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday from a federal prison in Dublin, California, after She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying ,000 Punishments meted out so far have ranged from five months in prison for Agustin Huneeus Jr., who

She told the judge that she understood the terms of her plea deal. The judge then reminded the 56-year-old actress that she would be waiving her right to stand trial if she pleaded guilty.

Huffman has agreed not to appeal any prison decision up to 20 years. In return, the government is recommending that she receive a punishment near the lower-end of the sentencing guidelines.

They recommend that she spend 4 months in prison and pay a $20,000 fine.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced it had charged 50 people, including Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in the cheating scandal. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors, parents, and Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer J. Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of such alleged crimes as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children.

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Because Huffman agreed to plead guilty , prosecutors said they would recommend four months in prison . But the judge does not need to follow the Huffman is among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty in the biggest admissions scandal ever prosecuted in the US - known as "Operation Varsity

Felicity Huffman entered a plea of guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and She was facing a maximum of 20 years in imprison, but prosecutors recommended she serve just Devin Sloane also entered a guilty plea on Monday and was recommended to serve 12 months and

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 then facilitated cheating on Huffman’s daughter’s SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen’s answers after the fact.

Last month, Huffman agreed to plead guilty, saying, “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.”

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“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” she continued. “I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

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In exchange for Huffman 's plea , federal prosecutors will recommend incarceration at the "low end" of the sentencing range, a ,000 fine and 12 Prosecutors recommended a range of sentences for those pleading guilty , from 12 to 18 months and unspecified "low end" amounts such as Huffman 's

Prosecutors recommended a four - month prison term and a ,000 fine. Huffman , 56, was among 50 charged in the college admissions scandal. The wealthy parents charged in the investigation allegedly paid bribes, had exams altered, and even had their children edited into stock photos to fake

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As Huffman decided to plead guilty, the United States Attorney calculated her “offense level” at 9, which had a sentencing guideline of 4-10 months, per the Department of Justice. According to the plea documents obtained by PEOPLE, Huffman reserved the right to argue that her offense level should be a 7, which would result in 0-6 months in prison.

The judge will make the final sentencing decision.

Attorneys for Huffman have not returned PEOPLE’s calls for comment.

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