Actress Felicity Huffman gets two weeks jail in US college admissions scandal
Actress Felicity Huffman was given two weeks jail time on Friday, September 13, for paying bribes to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious American university, the first high-profile figure to be sentenced in a cheating scandal that rocked America.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress, wearing a navy blue dress and cardigan, looked ashen-faced as she left the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, clutching the hand of her husband, actor William H. Macy.
Huffman, 56, was the first parent to be sentenced among 50 people indicted in an elaborate and wide-ranging scam to help children of the elite secure places in top US colleges.
The Oscar nominee pleaded guilty in May during a tearful court appearance to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT college entrance exam score.
Judge Indira Talwani told Huffman it was important to send a message to other parents that they can't use their wealth to cheat more deserving students.
"I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with the community around you asking why you had gotten away with this," she said, according to media outlets in the courtroom.