Lori Loughlin Learns Her Fate As Judge Hands Down Sentence
Both actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli received sentences in the college admissions scandal that include prison time.
Both Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli learned their fates Friday afternoon as a federal judge handed down their sentences in the college admissions scandal. Both Loughlin and Giannulli’s sentences included prison time.
Lori Loughlin Sentenced In College Admissions Scandal
Fox News reported that Judge Nathaniel Gorton sentenced Loughlin to two months behind bars. Her sentence indicates that the Judge accepted the plea deal that Loughlin took from prosecutors back in May.
At the time, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli finally agreed to enter a guilty plea to charges related to their roles in the college admissions scandal.
In addition to prison time, Lori Loughlin will have to pay a $150,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.
Given that Lori Loughlin is going to prison, I think Aunt Becky may be starring in the next "Full House" follow-up series… pic.twitter.com/Za78kDaTpm
— Zak Wolf (@wiley207) August 21, 2020
During the virtual sentencing hearing, the former “Full House” actress did not show much emotion at first as her attorney BJ Trach said she is “profoundly sorry” for her actions.
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However, when it came time for her to address the judge, Loughlin fought back tears as she spoke. She appealed to her faith and defended herself as a good person.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” Loughlin said.
And she didn’t stop there. The former Hallmark darling closed by invoking her faith.
“I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good.”
Mossimo Giannulli Sentenced In College Admissions Scandal
Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months in prison earlier in the day by the same judge.
Together, Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.
I take full responsibility for my conduct, I’m ready to accept consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience,” he said at sentencing.
Judge Slams Giannulli
Judge Gorton slammed Giannulli while handing down his sentence. He said that Giannulli belongs in prison to serve as an example to dissuade others in his position who believe they have enough money to buy whatever they want.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Kearney agreed that the sentencing was “appropriate,” adding that Giannulli’s crimes were more than “just overzealous parenting.”
“It is criminal and desiring of the 5 months imprisonment,” Kearney said.
Loughlin and Giannulli both have 60 days to pay their respective fines. They will then need to report to a facility that has yet to be determined on November 19 before 2 p.m.
Lori Loughlin’s Sentence Is 4x Longer Than Felicity Huffman
As we wrote about last year, actress Felicity Huffman got an even lighter slap on the wrist. Huffman was originally sentenced to a paltry two weeks behind bars – but only ended serving 11 days.
Perhaps having that scandalously light sentence on front page news was behind Judge Gorton’s decision to quadruple what was handed down to Loughlin.
In both cases, there shouldn’t be any doubt that the money and fame of Loughlin and Huffman led to easier outcomes than what regular folks would receive.
Especially given the fact recent court docs brought to light the fact Loughlin not only was an active participant in the bribe but also asked her daughter to lie to school officials.
Celebrities Get Slaps On the Wrist
But then these Hollywood elites tend to get off with a slap on the wrist, don’t they?
Who can forget that Caitlyn Jenner wasn’t even charged for killing a guy?
One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, boxer Floyd Mayweather, was merely fined for beating women.
Nobody will ever forget OJ Simpson. Or Ted Kennedy.
But even when celebrities commit work-a-day crimes, like DUI, they get off light. Just ask Khloe Kardashian.
Still, some legal experts think Loughlin got too much time.
Legal Expert Says Lori Loughlin’s Sentence Too Harsh
Judge Andrew Napolitano doesn’t see Loughlin’s sentence as a hand slap. In fact, he doesn’t even think a crime was committed.
Napolitano’s argument is that Loughlin, Huffman, and other others essentially tricked the schools. While the schools might have a civil cause to go after them for it, it’s not a crime.
He goes on to say that there is no reason to send Lori Loughlin to prison, because she’s not a danger to society.
It seems that nobody is happy with the outcome here.