“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges connected to a massive college admissions cheating scandal.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to William Rick Singer, who allegedly faked athletic credentials of their daughters to help them gain special consideration for admission to the University of Southern California. —NBC
If the couple is found guilty, they could face up to 45 years in prison. However, it is unlikely that they would serve such a harsh sentence.
“These cases are very similar. It’s almost the same amount of money. It’s two kids. It’s faking the profiles, etc. Now this was a guilty plea. This was someone who’s accepted responsibility for it, and is still getting six months. So you’ve got to believe if [Loughlin] were to take it to trial, with the additional charge that’s been thrown on her, if she was convicted, she’d be looking at a few years. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got 2 to 3 years if she’s convicted.“
She Is ‘Terrified’ At The Prospect Of Prison
Now, 2 or 3 years is very different than 45, but Loughlin is still “terrified” at the prospect of prison. A source told Entertainment Tonight:
“She is breaking down. She truly feels at her very worst. People are coming out in support of her lately but she is afraid to open up. She’s concerned if she talks to the wrong people that her opinions will get out and somehow affect the case.
Lori has always been an upstanding citizen, a loving mother and a gracious, wonderful friend. Those closest to her are devastated because she has been a good person to them and know she could be facing jail time because of very poor judgement. Her friends are supporting her and keep reminding her if she does time behind bars she will get through this.”
The ET source also says that her daughters, 20-year-old Olivia Jade and 21-year-old Bella, are sticking by her.
“They are trying to help her process but it’s been really hard. The girls feel guilty because they realize she was only trying to help their future. They know their mother is a good person, and don’t want her to suffer in any way.”
For what it’s worth, neither girl is still enrolled at USC.
Original article appeared on Yahoo