Social media decries Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli’s “lenient” plea agreements, which have yet to be approved by a judge.
Friday via teleconference, the “Full House” actress and the Mossimo fashion designer formally pleaded guilty to charges accusing them of paying a total of $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.
Under their proposed plea deals, Lori agreed to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, and serve two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service, while Mossimo agreed to serve five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine, and serve two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service. However, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton refused to accept or reject these until he is able to see their presentencing reports.
Regardless, many social media users slammed the couple for accepting “a light sentence and a light fine” from prosecutors considering that they previously pleaded not guilty to their fraud charges.
“Can someone explain to me how Lori Loughlin and her husband ‘FINALLY’ decide to plead ‘guilty’ after a whole year of saying they are ‘not guilty,’ asking for a light sentence and a light fine? If this was me or an average person, we would have gotten 5 -10 years and a hefty fine,” one Twitter commenter exclaimed.
“This is going to sound like a conspiracy theory, but I think Lori Loughlin pleaded guilty right now so she and her husband can get an extremely lenient deal from the prosecutors and all parties can blame the Coronavirus,” another theorized.
Lawyer Eric MacMichael told Page Six on Thursday that Lori and Mossimo’s suggested punishments “are certainly right in the middle of the range, if anything they might be slightly lower” than what other parents — who pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal — received.
Last October, fellow indicted parent Felicity Huffman garnered similar criticism when she was released from prison after serving 11 days of her two-week sentence for bribing a test proctor $15,000 to redo her eldest daughter’s standardized test.
The “Desperate Housewives” star served time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, which was dubbed “Club Fed” by many social media users who believed the facility’s accommodations were less severe than other jails.