"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman pleads with a federal judge in Boston on Friday to save her jail time after she pleaded guilty to a colleague bribery scandal and instead gave her probation, community service and fine.  In a three-page letter to U.S. District Judge Indira Talvani, Huffman wrote that she had "deep and constant shame" for participating in a $ 15,000 scheme to get the proctor to correct her exam answers to his daughter in hopes of getting
Huffman says she is trying to enable her daughter, who she believes has been diagnosed with the ability to learn and struggle with mathematics, to become an actress.
what I do is give if my daughter was honest, "Huffman wrote." Now I see the irony in this statement, because what I did is the opposite of fair. I broke the law, defrauded the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family. "
The 56-year-old Emmy winner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest mail fraud service in May and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1
Huffman's attorneys believe one year of probation, 250 hours of public service with an organization that works with young people in Los Angeles risk, and a $ 20,000 fine is fair, argue that such cases "almost always" lead to probation rather than jail, which is "extremely rare."
US Attorney Andrew Lelling insists on one a month in prison, a year of probation thereafter, and a fine of 20,000 to lara, a sentence he says takes into account the fact that Huffman took responsibility for her actions.
Lelling says that Huffman knew the scheme was wrong and participated in it anyway.
"Her efforts were not driven by need or despair, but by a sense of entitlement or at least moral stupidity facilitated by wealth and isolation," wrote in her office Friday, "Millions of parents send their children to college every year. Everyone cares as much as she does about the fate of their children. But they do not buy false SAT ratings. "
Under federal sentencing, prosecutors may request up to six months in prison.
Meanwhile, the husband of Huffman actor William H. Macy, who was not charged with the scheme, and her co-star "Desperate Wives," Eve Longoria, were among two dozen people who sent letters to the court on her behalf.  Macy's describes in detail the struggles of her family in the wake of the scandal, saying that his wife has not been able to find a job since she was arrested six months ago and her daughter, who is now in college, is in for one year. He also said that Huffman's younger daughter, who is in high school, is attending therapy.
"Felicity's sole interest now is to figure out how to repair and help her daughters heal and move on," Macy writes.
In a two-page letter, Longoria praised her friendship with Huffman, calling her a "gentle character" with a "good heart."
Longoria also said of Huffman: "She always leads with her heart and always puts others first."  Huffman is among 51 people charged with a scheme in which prosecutors say wealthy parents have paid admission counselors to bribe coaches and test administrators to help their children get into prestigious colleges.
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Huffman's bribe is among the smaller. Full House star Lori Loglin and her husband, fashion designer Mosimo Januli, have been accused of paying $ 500,000 for their two daughters to enter elite universities. Both have pleaded guilty to charges involving conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering and face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.