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Could Lori Loughlin's prison time be cut short because of COVID-19? Plus, more news

Wonderwall Logo By Wonderwall.com Editors of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 10: On Friday, May 22, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli entered one guilty plea each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in the nationwide college admissions scandal, in exchange for prison time (two months for Loughlin, five for Giannulli), community service and $400,000 in fines. By the time they logged onto Zoom to enter their remote pleas, however, multiple outlets were reporting the strain COVID-19 has put on the federal prison system could mean much less time behind bars for the former "Fuller House" star and her designer husband. Citing a late March memo from the Attorney General regarding the virus' serious spread in the prison system, Forbes reported Thursday that nearly 3,000 inmates had been sent into home confinement. Given the current rising numbers of positive COVID cases in prisons and the non-violent nature of Loughlin and Giannulli's crime, the outlet suggested the pandemic might keep them from ever going to prison at all. Other reports quoted criminal defense attorneys who noted that while Felicity Huffman served only 11 days of her two-week sentence after taking a plea deal, the pandemic has been so unpredictable it's hard to know where it will stand come Loughlin and Giannulli's sentencing, currently scheduled for Aug. 21. The couple's guilty pleas come after allegations they paid $500,000 in bribes to admissions scandal mastermind Rick Springer to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli into USC as rowing recruits, despite their never having rowed crew. Reports about the girls' reactions have ranged from Us Weekly's claim the two "were devastated" their parents would plead guilty after having maintained their innocence to People's assertion that the sisters were "supportive" of their parents' decision.Keep reading to see how Jessica Simpson marked her 10-year anniversary with Eric Johnson ...

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli could end up serving less time than their plea deals called for, thanks to the pandemic

On Friday, May 22, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli entered one guilty plea each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in the nationwide college admissions scandal, in exchange for prison time (two months for Loughlin, five for Giannulli), community service and $400,000 in fines. By the time they logged onto Zoom to enter their remote pleas, however, multiple outlets were reporting the strain COVID-19 has put on the federal prison system could mean much less time behind bars for the former "Fuller House" star and her designer husband. Citing a late March memo from the Attorney General regarding the virus' serious spread in the prison system, Forbes reported Thursday that nearly 3,000 inmates had been sent into home confinement. Given the current rising numbers of positive COVID cases in prisons and the non-violent nature of Loughlin and Giannulli's crime, the outlet suggested the pandemic might keep them from ever going to prison at all. Other reports quoted criminal defense attorneys who noted that while Felicity Huffman served only 11 days of her two-week sentence after taking a plea deal, the pandemic has been so unpredictable it's hard to know where it will stand come Loughlin and Giannulli's sentencing, currently scheduled for Aug. 21. The couple's guilty pleas come after allegations they paid $500,000 in bribes to admissions scandal mastermind Rick Springer to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli into USC as rowing recruits, despite their never having rowed crew. Reports about the girls' reactions have ranged from Us Weekly's claim the two "were devastated" their parents would plead guilty after having maintained their innocence to People's assertion that the sisters were "supportive" of their parents' decision.

Keep reading to see how Jessica Simpson marked her 10-year anniversary with Eric Johnson ...

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