After months of silence on the details of Felicity Huffman's involvement in the college admissions scandal, the actress and husband William H. Macy are telling their side of the story, saying in letters to the judge that their daughter is distraught over what has happened to her family.
In a letter to the judge who will sentence his wife next week, Macy said their older daughter “has nightmares from the FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn.”
Huffman was taken into custody early in the morning on March 12 when several armed FBI agents showed up at their Hollywood home to arrest her.
Two days after Huffman's arrest, the daughter, an aspiring actress, was traveling to audition for a college when she was informed by email that the college had taken back her invitation to audition for the institution, which doesn't even require students to take the SAT, Macy added.
“She called us from the airport in hysterics, begging us to, ‘Do something, please, do something,'" Macy wrote.
Huffman wrote that she only wanted to giver her daughter the best.
“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," she said.
Prosecutors, in their letter to the judge, recognized that “all parents want to help their kids get ahead.” However, they said that "most manage to steer clear of conspiracy, bribery and fraud.”
Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors are pushing for prison time, while her lawyers are pulling for probation, a fine and community service.