Lori Loughlin and Husband Enter Guilty Pleas — But Judge Says He Can't Accept Them Yet

More than a year after rejecting a plea deal from federal prosecutors, actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, appeared before a federal judge via video conference Friday to plead guilty to charges stemming from the college admissions cheating scandal.

However, the judge said he couldn't accept the pleas until he sees their pre-sentencing reports from the Massachusetts Probation Service.

Loughlin, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud while Giannulli, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

The couple were the 23rd and 24th parents to admit guilt in the college admissions scandal. During Friday's hearing, Loughlin rocked side-to-side, occasionally speaking with her lawyer and looking out the window.

One of the first was actress Felicity Huffman, 57.

Under the terms of the plea agreements, Loughlin will serve two months behind bars and Giannulli agreed to serve five months. The judge scheduled the sentencing hearing for the couple for Aug. 21.

In addition, Loughlin was ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and was placed on two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service.




Prosecutors said Key Worldwide Foundation was actually a front for accepting bribes; Singer admitted his role as the ringleader of the scam and pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

Both daughters are supportive of their parents' decision, after initially fearing they would end up serving years in prison, a source tells PEOPLE.

News of Loughlin and Giannulli's plea deals broke Thursday morning. Ever since their arrests back in early March 2019, the couple had maintained their innocence.

They were among 50 people charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, which investigated the college admissions scandal and handled the prosecutions

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Felicity Huffman 'So Proud' After Daughter Gets Into Top University Following Scandal: Source

Sophia Macy, the daughter of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, has been accepted into Carnegie Mellon University and will be attending the school's prestigious theater program this fall, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The 19-year-old shared the news on Instagram by updating her bio to read "CMU Drama ‘24 🤍♥️."

Sophia's younger sister, Georgia, will also be heading to the East Coast come fall as a freshman at Vassar College.

"Felicity is so proud and grateful that Sofia has kept her chin up over the last year," the source tells PEOPLE. "It was a painful, challenging time and she pulled through it with strength and grace."

Huffman served 11 days in a California prison last October for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, in which the actress paid admissions consultant Rick Singer $15,000 to have a proctor change Sophia’s SAT answers after she took the test.

Huffman was released two days early from her 14-day sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California on October 27.




Sophia had her college acceptance for 2019 rescinded after news broke of the scandal.

William added in the letter that Sophia “paid the dearest price” after her mother’s arrest, and pointed out that she had auditioned for a school that “ironically, doesn’t require SAT scores."

"Rebuilding that relationship will be a long process," the actor wrote to Judge Indira Talwani ahead of Huffman's sentencing. "But I also want you to know Felicity has raised two amazing young women."

In her own letter to the judge, Huffman said that it was her “desperation to be a good mother” that led her to believe she was doing the right thing by fixing her daughter's SAT scores.

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is an elite theater program, ranked second in the country for best undergraduate drama schools by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017.

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