In a move that was not unexpected, ’Desperate Housewives’ star Felicity Huffman pled guilty to all the charges she is facing on the now infamous college admissions bribery scandal.
She is now looking at up to 20 years in federal prison for her crimes.
Huffman and other high-profile parents were caught up in a sting operation that had been conducted by federal agents over the past year.
In it, proof emerged that dozens of wealthy parents used power, influence, and money to help their children gain admission to prestigious colleges such as Stanford, Yale, and USC.
Huffman entered her plea on April eighth, at the same time offering an abject apology for her actions.
"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
Numerous sources say that those consequences include up to 20 years in prison.
Huffman went on to express remorse and embarrassment for what she has done.
"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.
“I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Many are decrying her words as ‘too little, too late’ and say she should put some actions behind her somber apology.
“Instead of giving an empty apology, Felicity Huffman should donate her time to helping push for better public education in poverty stricken neighborhoods, and donate her money to students who can't afford college. That's what a real apology would look like!”
Most importantly, to Huffman anyway, is that it be made perfectly clear that her daughter was not involved in the scheme that included a $15,00 payment to have Sophia's entrance exam score doctored.
"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her.
“This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
While many are impressed with her humility, it remains to be seen whether or not the ‘mea culpa’ will have any bearing on her sentence.
The public definitely has been touched by her willingness to humble herself in court and in public, but the final decision remains with the judge in the case.
"Apology accepted Felicity Huffman!"
Although it’s difficult to see how Huffman could possibly get away with committing federal crimes and NOT serving any time, there is a recent high-profile case in which it DID happen.
Perhaps Jussie Smollett's case can be her ray of hope that she, too, can circumvent the law thanks to her fame. Although the fact that she isn’t a gay, black male, and this is NOT Chicago - may play a part in the final outcome.