New reports indicate prosecutors may resume plea deal discussions with Lori Loughlin after Felicity Huffman's sentencing set a precedent in the case.

New reports indicate that “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin may take a plea deal for her role in the college admissions scandal in wake of Felicity Huffman’s sentencing. This development comes after former “Desperate Housewives” actress was sentenced setting a precedence for the other defendants.

Felicity Huffman’s Sentence Helps Lori Loughlin’s Case

Fox News reported that Huffman’s sentence opened the door for Loughlin to get a deal.

The probation department’s sentencing report for Huffman stated that no one suffered a substantial loss from her decision to have someone correct wrong answers on her daughter’s SATs.

Their decision adds credence to Loughlin’s claim that her actions did not impact anyone else, even though she paid far more money than Huffman did.

While Huffman paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s test scores corrected, Loughlin paid $500,000 to have her two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed.

Lori Loughlin Plea Deal Outlook

It should be noted that prosecutors have disagreed when it comes to Huffman’s case. They argue that someone else who took the SAT was probably denied admission for having a lower, non-rigged score.

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However, other sources say that the U.S. Attorney is open to engaging in plea discussions with Loughlin citing concerns over how it would look if the actress is tried, convicted, and receives a shorter sentence.

Since Loughlin currently faces as much as 40 years in prison, it could look bad if she is convicted and then given a sentence of just a few months or even weeks.

Huffman v. Loughlin On Taking Responsibility

Felicity Huffman took responsibility and plead guilty from the start.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, however, went a different route. The couple chose to plead not guilty and to fight the charges against them.

Loughlin may indeed be more open to taking a plea deal these days. Especially given previous reports of her struggles and fears. She now lives in fear of her sentencing and what prison is like.

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Loughlin Lives ‘In Fear’

“Lori has kept a close eye on Felicity throughout the case and after hearing her 14-day sentence, she’s been incredibly panicked,” a source close to Loughlin told Entertainment Tonight after Huffman’s sentencing.

“She can’t help thinking, if Felicity received real prison time, what could that mean for her?”

“Lori didn’t believe Felicity should have pleaded guilty but now watching her situation play out, she’s been in fear of what’s to come for her,” the source continued.

“Right now, her friends fear the prosecution wants to make an example out of her, not only for the crime she’s been accused of, but her not guilty plea.”

My Take

If Loughlin is smart, she will take whatever deal prosecutors offer to her. It seems clear that prosecutors will likely throw the book at her if she goes to trial. A conviction likely means years behind bars.

It’s time for Loughlin to take some responsibility for her actions. And accept whatever punishment comes her way in a plea deal. Once she has done that, she can begin to move on with her life.

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