Felicity Huffman was sentenced to spend 14 days in prison for her involvement in the widespread college admissions scam on Friday (September 13). Unsurprisingly, the 56-year-old actress is set to spend her two weeks behind bars at one of America's cushiest prisons. Though Huffman got off pretty easy after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, Lori Loughlin is reportedly "incredibly panicked" after hearing about Huffman's sentencing. While Huffman cooperated with authorities from the beginning, Loughin turned down a plea deal and decided to take her chances in court. She faces up to 40 years in prison if she's found guilty.
"Lori has kept a close eye on Felicity throughout the case and after hearing her 14-day sentence, she's been incredibly panicked," an insider revealed to Entertainment Tonight. "She can't help thinking, if Felicity received real prison time, what could that mean for her?"
"Lori didn't believe Felicity should have pleaded guilty but now watching her situation play out, she's been in fear of what's to come for her," the source continued. "Right now, her friends fear the prosecution wants to make an example out of her, not only for the crime she's been accused of, but her not guilty plea."
As Loughlin prepares for her court battle, the 55-year-old actress reportedly grows more stressed by the day. While initially feeling like she did nothing wrong, Loughlin fears she will be sentenced to a considerable amount of jail time. "Lori has confided in friends that she has nightmares about what's to come and has been living with constant anxiety," the source told ET. "Lori chose a very different path than Felicity and felt taking a deal was a mistake. She doesn't believe she deserves jail time."
While Huffman received a 14 day sentence after taking the plea deal, Loughlin would have been required to serve a minimum sentence of 2 years for her involvement in the scam. Huffman paid $15K to have her daughter Sophia's incorrect SAT answers altered, however, Loughlin paid $500K in bribes to secure her daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella, spots at USC. In addition to being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, like Huffman, Loughlin was charged with fraud and money laundering charges.