Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in jail for the charge against her in the nationwide college admissions cheating case.
The sentence was handed down Friday afternoon by Judge Indira Talwani in a Boston federal court. Federal prosecutors had recommended a one-month sentence last week.
In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. At that time, federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months.
Huffman and her spouse — “Shameless” star William H. Macy, who was not charged — made a charitable donation of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme led by Rick Singer, on behalf of her oldest daughter. Huffman had initially planned to do the same thing for her youngest daughter, before backing out.
Huffman, along with actress Lori Loughlin, was arrested in March as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating case. In total, the people arrested were charged with paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into top universities like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC in what authorities described as the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”
Huffman was the first parent that was arrested to be sentenced.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to the two charges against them. Loughlin and Giannulli are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Their next court date is a status conference on Oct. 2, though neither are required to attend.