Fourteen defendants, including actress Felicity Huffman, charged in the recent college admissions bribery scandal have reach plea agreements.
On Monday, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts announced the plea deals for the defendants charged with bribery and other forms of fraud to help get their children into elite colleges.
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman said in a statement. “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 former “Desperate Housewives” star continued, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. 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.”
She added, “My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
Huffman was accused of paying a conspirator at least $15,000 for her eldest daughter to be included in an exam cheating scheme.
Plea hearings have not yet been scheduled, with sentencing yet to be decided, however, CBS Boston is reporting that the government will be seeking a sentence of 4-10 months.
They have “pledged” to suggest the “lower end” of a sentence for the star. Her defence will be asking for 0-6 months, but Attorney Jennifer Roman believe that Huffman will not serve anytime.