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Actress Felicity Huffman Was Meant To Stay In Jail Until Sunday, She Was Released Early From Jail Today

Actress Felicity Huffman was released from prison early on Friday after being sentenced to 14 days due to her part in the college admissions scandal. According to a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, Huffman’s scheduled release date was meant to be on Sunday. Instead, she was released early because of a policy that allows for early releases to take be released on Fridays if their schedule release dates are on the weekend.

According to an insider, Huffman is feeling “hopeful” and “blessed” about her release.

Speaking to In Touch Weekly, the insider said that “Felicity knows she’s going to get a lot of flak for only spending 11 days behind bars, but prison really opened her eyes to a whole new world,” the insider shared. “It was very isolating, she felt trapped and claustrophobic, but she never complained. She didn’t have an appetite, she lost a little weight, but she did eat some of the food, which wasn’t tasty at all.”

Earlier this week, the Oscar-nominated actress drew attention once again when she was seen walking a jail yard for the first time since turning herself into prison for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Wearing a green prison jumpsuit, Huffman could be seen walking the outdoor area of the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. The prison is located about five-and-a-half hours away from Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and daughters and holds a total of 1,232 inmates. According to reports, Huffman was visited over the weekend at the low-security correctional facility by her husband, “Shameless” actor William H. Macy, and her younger daughter. The facility’s website says that inmates are allowed to be visited by friends and family on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Huffman was set to serve 13 days in prison and was expected to finish her sentence this Saturday on Oct. 27.

In May, she pled guilty to paying William “Rick” Singer— dubbed the college admissions scandal mastermind— $15,000 to have a proctor change her daughter’s SAT answers after her test was taken.

In a statement to People Magazine, a representative for the actress said that she “is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions. She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released.”

In addition to her time in federal prison, Huffman was required to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. She will also be required to commit to one year of supervised release.

During her trial in September, Huffman apologized to her family and the judge saying she was “deeply ashamed” of her actions.

“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,” Huffman said while reading a letter to the court. “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.”

Huffman went on to further say that “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. At the end of the day, I had a choice to make. I could have said, ‘no.’” 

In a statement to the press, Huffman went on to further apologize to those students she had hurt through her decisions.

“There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” she said in her statement. “And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”

While actress Lori Loughlin is the other big name caught up in the admissions scandal, only 10 parents who pled guilty to conspiracy fraud have been sentenced.

According to reports, Loughlin- who has so far stuck to a plea of not guilty, reached out to Felicity Huffman for support. Loughlin was initially charged with conspiracy fraud in March but fought the charge with her husband Mossimo Giannulli and was charged back in April with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment as a result. For other parents caught up in the scandal, punishments have ranged from five months in prison to no prison time at all. According to federal prosecutors, 50 people were involved in the nationwide fraud that gave privileged and wealthy students a backdoor into prestigious universities. Besides Huffman, nine other parents have been sentenced so far.  

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to over 20 colleges and has been accepted into 18 of them.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the high school senior has also been offered more than $1 million in scholarship money. The 17-year-old Philadelphia teen currently attends George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science but is headed towards a pretty bright and educated future.

According to a recent interview with “Good Morning America” the star student earned $1,074,260 in scholarships.

“We are overjoyed,” Robinson-Owens aunt told the show in a recent interview. “I knew she wouldn’t have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn’t know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds.”

Shanya, who was accepted to Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; La Salle University in Philadelphia; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Temple University in Philadelphia and Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania, told GMA that she “wasn’t really expecting it” so many offers let alone so much money.

The senior currently holds a 3.2-grade point average and is a member of the school’s yearbook committee. She also works as an intern alongside her Chinese language teacher.

When it comes to the advice she’d give other students, Shayna says it’s important to “take your time” with your work and the application process.

“You really have to be patient,” Shanya explained. “Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it’s OK. You can tell your teachers that because they know you’re stressed.”

“We’ve always been extremely proud of her,” Shanya’s aunt, Christine Owens, explained to GMA. “My mother has helped raise Shanya since she was a baby. We’ve just been working as a team making sure Shanya keeps God first in anything she does and she is succeeding.”

Speaking about Shanya, her school principal Ted Domers told GMA that Shanya is a “well-respected student at her school.”

“In addition to being a part of a movement to bring more social action to our school, she’s involved in a number of extracurricular activities that show the breadth of her skills, from robotics to journalism,” Domers explained. “It is a privilege for us to count Shanya as one of our own and we are excited to see her create opportunities for her future.”

Shanya has yet to make a college pick.

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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They say art imitates life, but sometimes, it’s the other way around. Once in a while, the news seems like it’s simply replaying scenes from La Reina del Sur. Especially the latest update on El Chapo’s wife.

On Monday Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, turned herself into the United States FBI on charges of international drug trafficking.

The U.S. authorities are charging Coronel with helping Guzmán smuggle drugs across the border, break out of prison, and bribe corrupt officials. According to anonymous officials, the U.S. authorities have had their eye on her for a while now.

For years, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel has insisted that she had nothing to do with her husband’s illegal activities. Because she always maintained her innocence, the former teen beauty-queen was able to keep a high profile since her husband was imprisoned in 2019. She was active on social media, gave interviews to news outlets, and even appeared on a reality series.

Coronel was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Mexico near El Chapo’s “territory”.

Her father was a prominent member of El Chapo’s cartel, and according to experts, she “grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry.” She married Guzmán when she was 18-years-old. He was 50. Her and Guzmán have 9-year-old twin daughters together. As of now, the girls’ whereabouts are unknown.

According to official documents, the FBI has evidence that Coronel was a liaison between El Chapo and his sons, “Los Chapitos” when they were planning his notorious prison escape in 2015. Coronel also stands accused of acting as a messenger and negotiator for payments to corrupt authorities.

As of now, people are speculating that Coronel turned herself in in exchange for leniency.

“Her attorney at sentencing is going to argue, ‘She took it upon herself to face charges,’ she didn’t make the government go out and arrest and extradite her,” an anonymous source told Vice. “She came out of Mexico. It would have been quite a process to get her extradited.”

According to reports, Colonel faces 10 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million USD.

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