UPDATE: Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison. Read more here.
A show of solidarity.
Felicity Huffman arrived at a Boston courthouse on Friday hand-in-hand with husband William H. Macy for her sentencing in connection with the massive college admissions scandal that erupted in March.
The former "Desperate Housewives" actress looked solemn as they walked into federal court, with Huffman wearing a navy, short-sleeved dress with a thin belt, gold earrings and her hair down to her shoulders and Macy wearing a simple suit and showing off a scruffier look than usual.
This is the first time that Macy has accompanied his wife to court, despite multiple appearances in court since the charges were announced in early March. His appearance with her follows months of reports that the couple's marriage was being seriously tested by his wife's legal troubles.
She reportedly has "roughly 13 loved ones" with her at court today, including longtime friends and siblings.
According to CNN, prosecutors have suggested a one-month prison sentence for Huffman, in addition to a $20,000 fine, while defense lawyers are seeking a sentence of one-year probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine. She's the first parent to be sentenced in connection with the scandal.
This spring, the actress pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, admitting that she paid $15,000 for William Singer to rig her older daughter's SAT scores to help her get into an elite college.
Earlier this week, Huffman wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani not to "in any way justify my wrongdoing, my guilty or to avoid conscious acceptance of the consequences," rather to "shed light on how I finally got to the day I said 'Yes' to this scheme."
"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," she wrote. "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. [...] The factual story is that I didn't go shopping for a college counselor to find out how to rig a SAT score. I didn't even know such a scheme existed."
Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged in connection with the scheme, though they pled not guilty and were slapped with additional charges of money laundering.