Lough­lin, hus­band sen­tenced in col­lege ad­mis­sions scan­dal

Chicago Sun-Times - - CHICAGO SUN TIMES -

BOS­TON — Apol­o­giz­ing pub­licly for the first time for crimes their lawyers in­sisted for months they didn’t com­mit, “Full House” star Lori Lough­lin and her fash­ion de­signer hus­band, Mos­simo Gian­nulli, were sen­tenced to prison Fri­day for us­ing their wealth and priv­i­lege to cheat their daugh­ters’ way into the col­lege of their choice.

The two-month prison sen­tence for Lough­lin and five-month term for Gian­nulli bring to a close the le­gal saga for the high­est-pro­file par­ents en­snared in the col­lege ad­mis­sions bribery scheme.

Fight­ing back tears, Lough­lin told the judge her ac­tions “helped ex­ac­er­bate ex­ist­ing in­equal­i­ties in so­ci­ety” and pledged to do ev­ery­thing in her power to use her ex­pe­ri­ence as a “cat­a­lyst to do good.”

Hours be­fore in a sep­a­rate hear­ing, Gian­nulli, whose Mos­simo cloth­ing had long been a Tar­get brand un­til re­cently, told the judge he “deeply” re­grets the harm to his daugh­ters, wife and oth­ers.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gor­ton ex­pressed out­rage at the cou­ple’s greed, call­ing Lough­lin’s life “charmed” and a “fairy­tale,” with suc­cess and plen­ti­ful wealth.

“Yet you stand be­fore me a con­victed felon and for what? For the in­ex­pli­ca­ble de­sire to grasp even more,” Gor­ton said.

Ac­tress Lori Lough­lin and her hus­band, cloth­ing de­signer Mos­simo Gian­nulli, in 2019. AP FILES

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