“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores in the college admissions scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy and well-connected parents, the Associated Press reports. Huffman, 56, was the first of 34 parents to be sentenced in the case. She also was fined $30,000 and required to do 250 hours of community service.
Huffman said, “I was frightened. I was stupid, and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. I have inflicted more damage than I could ever imagine. I now see all the things that led me down this road, but ultimately none of the reasons matter because at the end of the day I had a choice. I could have said no.” Prosecutor Eric Rosen said, “But with all due respect to the defendant, welcome to parenthood. Parenthood is terrifying, exhausting and stressful, but that’s what every parent goes through. … What parenthood does not do, it does not make you a felon, it does not make you cheat, in fact it makes you want to serve as a positive role model for your children.” A total of 51 people have been charged in the scheme, the biggest college admissions case prosecuted by the Justice Department.