Lori Loughlin's Sentencing Date Has Been Set After She Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scandal
Even though they have already pleaded guilty and reached a deal with prosecutors in the Varsity Blues College Admissions case, Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will have to wait nearly three months to have their deals approved by the court and to officially receive their sentences.
According to Boston25 News , a federal judge in their case has scheduled the couple’s next court appearance for August 21 after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the scandal. Their legal team had requested for the date to be moved up to July 30, but that was rejected.
“Our clients would obviously like to have finality on this process,” their attorney William Trach told the judge during a virtual hearing on Friday, May 22.
"They're disappointed," an insider told People magazine. "The whole point of this was to put this behind them, and they wanted the hearing sooner rather than later."
During the video conference, both Loughlin and Giannulli admitted to paying $500,000 in bribes to William “Rick” Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to help get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, despite the fact that neither participated in the sport.
After fighting the charges against them for a year, both Loughlin and Giannulli decided earlier this month to accept a deal and plead guilty. Loughlin pled to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and she agreed to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, and perform 100 hours of community service.
Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. He will serve five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine, and perform 250 hours of community service.
Both Loughlin and Giannulli will also be under supervised probation for two years after they are released from confinement. The plea deals have yet to be accepted by the court, but Boston federal judge Nathaniel Gorton is expected to do that at the August court date.
"At this point, they just want to find out their fate and to serve whatever time they need to serve, so they can move on with their lives and close this chapter," says the source. "Now they have to wait most of the summer before they can take the next step towards closure. They'll be okay, but they're ready for this to be done."
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s time in prison could be reduced or completely skipped because of the COVID-19 pandemic, say legal experts. Since federal prisons have been releasing non-violent offenders due to the virus, it’s possible the couple could serve their sentence under house arrest.