Lori Loughlin & Husband Mossimo Giannulli Sentenced in College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are going to jail.

In a videoconference hearing held Friday, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton accepted Loughlin and Giannulli’s plea deals in which Loughlin agreed to serve two months in prison, while Giannulli agreed to serve five months.

The couple previously admitted to paying bribes in order to get their two daughters — Olivia Jade, now 20, and Isabella Rose, now 21 — into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.

Under the agreements, Loughlin will also pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, while Giannulli will pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

TMZ reported that the “Full House” actress offered a tearful apology during her hearing.

“I’ve made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college decision process. I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality, it only undermined my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments. My decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society,” she was quoted saying.

“I believe in God and I believe in redemption, and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and do good and give back for the rest of my life. I am truly profoundly and deeply sorry,” she continued.

TMZ reported that the judge believed her statement of remorse and hopes that she will carry out her promise of redemption.

Earlier on Friday, Giannulli told the judge that he “deeply” regrets his actions, which have harmed his wife and his children.

“I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward, with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience,” Giannulli said in a statement.

While accepting Giannulli’s plea deal, the judge said his prison terms were “sufficient but not greater than necessary punishment under the circumstances.”

“You were not stealing bread to feed your family. You have no excuse for your crime and that makes it all the more blameworthy,” the judge said before officially sentencing Giannulli.

Last March, Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Months later, in October, prosecutors added counts of money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.

In May, the actress ended up pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Per TMZ, the judge agreed that Giannulli should go to a prison close to home. While his lawyer suggested the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc in Lompoc, California, Loughlin’s attorney suggested one even closer. Ultimately, the Federal Board of Prisons has the final say.

Both Loughlin and Giannulli are ordered to surrender on November 19.


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