The actress pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores.
She was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine which she has already paid, one year of probation, and 250 hours of community service.
The ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress who stated her prison sentence on October 15 at a Federal prison in Dublin, California, was released early because of a law that states that inmates who release date falls on a weekend or a public holiday can be released on Friday.
Huffman read a three-page letter in court at her sentencing, CNN is reporting. She apologized to both the parents and the students she cheated out of a fair spot with her actions.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot.”
“I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”
“I am deeply ashamed of what I have done,” she told the judge. “At the end of the day I had a choice to make. I could have said, ‘no.'”
“And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children,” she said in her statement.
The actress is the first of more than 30 parents being charged to court for related crimes.