How Long Will Lori Loughlin Go to Prison For College Admissions Scandal?

The infamous college admissions scandal has been going on for over a year, and we’re still talking about Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman’s involvement. We know there were over 50 people involved, and a few notable A-listers got in serious trouble for illegally helping their kids get improved SAT scores. But now, the jig is up — and Huffman and Loughlin are facing the consequences.

Loughlin initially didn’t plead guilty to the charges while Huffman admitted guilt. Now, though, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing the music and ready to put it all behind them. So, how much time will they spend in prison for their crimes? Here’s what we know.

Lori Loughlin faced charges that Felicity Huffman didn’t

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse | John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Loughlin and Huffman were both accused of illegally helping their kids have SAT scores that were doctored so they could get into better schools — but there were still stark differences in their cases. The New York Times notes Huffman paid upwards of $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores changed. And once she was caught, she came forward with a real apology.

As for Loughlin, her case seems more severe. Not only did she and Giannulli not plead guilty at first, but they also were accused of spending $500,000 to illegally help their daughters. The couple wanted their kids to be admitted to the University of Southern California as athletes on the crew team even though the young women had no prior experience in rowing.

Because of Loughlin’s more complicated case, she faced charges for bribery and money laundering.

Loughlin didn’t accept the guilty plea at first

Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, and Isabella Rose Giannulli attend The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala
Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, and Isabella Rose Giannulli attend The Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala | Phillip Faraone/WireImage

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Fraud and money laundering are serious crimes, but Loughlin and her husband denied them at first even though they had the opportunity to take a plea deal. According to Elle, the deal would’ve given Loughlin and Giannulli a minimum prison sentence of two to two and a half years — but Loughlin refused it. She allegedly would only accept a plea deal if it included zero jail time, though overall, her crimes could carry a sentence of 40 years.

As for why Loughlin didn’t accept the initial plea deal, it seems she might’ve been in denial regarding the seriousness of the situation. “She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” a source told E! News, according to Elle. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.”

It seems she’s finally coming to her senses, though. The source added that Loughlin’s realizing “just how serious this is. She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out.”

Now that Loughlin pleads guilty, how much time will she face in prison?

Lori Loughlin visits the Build Brunch to discuss the Hallmark Channel TV series 'When Calls the Heart'
Lori Loughlin visits the Build Brunch to discuss the Hallmark Channel TV series ‘When Calls the Heart’ | Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

It looks like Loughlin and Giannulli are finally admitting guilt. According to NBC10 Boston, Loughlin is pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli is pleading guilty for the same in addition to honest services wire and mail fraud.

As for jail time, it certainly won’t be 40 years. The news source notes Loughlin will serve two months in prison and have to pay $150,000 in fines. She’ll also have to complete 100 hours of community service and be on two years of supervised release. Giannulli is serving five months in prison and paying $250,000 in fines. He also has 250 hours of community service afterward along with two years of supervised release.

As for the money laundering and bribery, it looks like those charges will be dismissed.

It looks like Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters aren’t too happy, though. “Olivia and Bella were devastated when Lori and Mossimo told them they were pleading guilty,” a source told Us Weekly. “The girls have been spending a lot of time at their parents’ house recently, and they are becoming much more of a tight-knit family.”

We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out once the dust has settled.

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