Huffman was released from court after the judge ordered her to report to prison on October 25. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, who had been seated in the courtroom and is not charged in the scheme, immediately approached her after court adjourned and rubbed her shoulders.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of one month behind bars after Huffman tearfully entered a guilty plea in May to conspiracy related to her payment of $US15,000 ($21,800) to have someone secretly correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT standardised test used for college admissions.

US Attorney Andrew Lelling had also recommended a $US20,000 fine and one year of probation.

Huffman’s attorneys, calling the actress “remorseful” and “deeply ashamed,” had urged the judge to allow her to remain free on one year’s probation, complete 250 hours of community service and pay a $US20,000 fine.

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