Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison for her involvement in the college admission scandal, and she and her family are working on healing the rift the case caused, People reports.
She and husband William H. Macy married in 1997, and share Sophia, 19, and Georgia, 17, but their tight unit was rocked to the core when Huffman was charged in March—along with 50 other parents and officials—with bribing officials into allowing Sophia to cheat on her SATs.
Huffman has apologized profusely for her decision to shell out $15K in a bid to cheat, and Sophia, who was reportedly unaware of her mother’s scheme, was reportedly devastated by the revelation.
A source tells People: “They are talking a lot and spending lots of time together. They’re going for walks, playing board games and having family dinners. They are a solid group and they are leaning on each other for support.”
Huffman will serve 14 days in prison, pay a $30,000 fine and do 250 hours of community service.
“The sentence Felicity received is not about a victory or a defeat. She is not disappointed or relieved about the outcome. She is contrite and humbled and accepts the outcome,” a source told People adding, “She is resigned to the fact that she has to serve her sentence and pay her dues to society.”
Meanwhile, a second parent (Devin Sloane), was sentenced for his role in the college admissions scandal. He was given four months for paying $250K. Both Sloane and Huffman pleaded guilty in exchange for lighter sentences.
But Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli refused to plead guilty, and they are accused of shelling out $500K to ease their girls’ way into USC.
Many speculate that the sentences Huffman and Sloane received to not bode well for Loughlin and Giannulli, who could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
“If Felicity Huffman did not get probation, none of them will,'' former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes said on TODAY. “Each sentence I think will get longer.”