The lawyers of Mossimo Giannulli, husband of Lori Loughlin, have asked the fashion designer to serve the remainder of his five-month sentence in domestic custody.
Giannulli, 57, is currently in jail for being implicated in the college admissions bribery scandal. He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to commit fraud in mid-2020.
In addition to the five-month sentence, he was fined $ 250,000 and is required to be released under custody for two years and do 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin, 56, spent two months in prison and was released in December.
According to court files filed Thursday, lawyers said Giannulli spent 56 days in quarantine – 40 percent of his sentence – due to COVID-19 measures and concerns in jail – and that it had significantly affected his “mental” stress. physical and emotional wellbeing. “
“Mr. Giannulli spent nearly 40% of his total sentence in individual quarantine despite testing negative for COVID-19 at least ten times and despite multiple requests from his attorney [the Bureau of Prisons] release him from quarantine “, it says in the submission of the application.
After reporting to California’s FCI-Lompoc Federal Prison on November 19 and undergoing the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine, he was “immediately placed in solitary confinement instead of being released into a minimal security camp as originally planned, a small one Cell in the adjoining medium-security prison, open 24 hours a day with only three short breaks of 20 minutes a week, during which he stayed for 56 days before he was finally transferred to the camp yesterday (January 13th), ”the motion continued.
Giannulli’s lawyers claim the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) tested him for COVID-19 every two weeks and each test had negative results. Instead of being sent to the minimum security camp after a negative test, Giannulli was sent back to solitary confinement because other inmates tested positive for the virus during that time.
The lawyers argue that Giannulli’s solitary confinement is “far more extreme” than expected, citing the BOP’s pandemic guide to reducing the number of people detained.
The guide recommends that inmates be able to serve the rest of their sentences at home if possible, especially if they have certain COVID-19 risk factors.
If allowed to do so, Giannulli would definitely not be the first to serve his sentence from home. There are currently 7,880 inmates in custody, according to the BOP website. The total number of inmates held in domestic detention from March 26, 2020 to date (including those who have completed their sentences) is 20,288.
Giannulli and Loughlin accepted plea agreements in May after admitting they paid $ 500,000 to allow their daughters to enter college.
“I made a terrible decision. I joined the plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in college admission. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and let myself be distracted by my moral compass, ”Loughlin said during the video conference hearing.
In an earlier hearing, Giannulli told the judge that he “deeply” regrets the damage to his daughters, wife and others.
You are among the nearly 30 celebrity parents who plead guilty to what the federal prosecutor has called “Operation Varsity Blues”. The authorities exposed heavy bribes to take undeserved children to college with rigged test results or falsified athletic qualifications. Desperate Housewives Actor Felicity Huffman was behind bars for nearly two weeks last year after admitting he paid $ 15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers.
A judge has yet to rule on the application.
– – With files from The Associated Press