Felicity Huffman Sentenced to Prison in College Admissions Scandal

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It's official. Felicity Huffman is heading to prison. 

The popular Desperate Housewives actress was sentenced to 14 days inside on Friday in a Boston federal courtroom thanks to her part in the college admissions scandal which caused quite the storm earlier this year. 

Additionally, Huffman was fine $30,000, given a year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The prison sentence is half of what federal prosecutors were recommending ahead of the verdict. 

Prosecutors also recommended a $20,000 fine, but that has now been confirmed to be $30,000. 

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Huffman's attorneys were lobbying for two years of community service as opposed to the prison sentence, but the actress is getting a bit of both. 

The verdict comes just days after it was revealed that 27 people close to Huffman wrote letters in support of her. 

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The people behind those letters included her Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria, who detailed how Huffman helped her through many difficult times on the set of the ABC drama series. 

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News of the scandal first broke in March when Hufman was one of over 30 people to be indicted for allegedly taking part in the nationwide scheme which found parents paying hefty cash sums to get their kids accepted into some of the most prestigious universities around. 

Huffman went on to plead guilty to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud after paying $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of one of her daughters.  

“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,” Huffman said in April while entering her plea. 

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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."

"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.”

Lori Loughlin was another big actress who was indicted at the same time. But Loughlin plead not guilty back in April. 

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She and husband Mossimo Giannulli are facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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