1st defendant to be sentenced in 'Varsity Blues' scandal

All eyes are on the sentencing of the former head sailing coach at Stanford University, who pleaded guilty to accepting over $600,000 in bribes.
2:55 | 06/12/19

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for hr+/her2- mbc. In a big day in the college admission cheating scandal. Here is ABC's whit Johnson. Reporter: This morning the first sentence expected to be handsed down in the college admission scandal, operation varsity blues ensharing people V 50 people including Lori Loughlin and felicity Huffman. James vandemoer could spend more than a year behind bars as he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes for college applicants. I'm going to Stanford. Reporter: According to documents, he received $500,000 from Rick singer. You can achieve what you want if you try hard. Reporter: Her family paying $6.5 million to get her admitted. The parents never charged and she no longer attends the university. The mother released a statement believing the 7 figure sum would go to scholarships and programs for needy students. This morning's sentence could set the tone as other defendants await they fate including felicity Huffman who paid $15,000 to have a test proctor fix her daughter's S.A.T. Scores. And this week Al her daughter's high school graduation. Lori Loughlin and her husband pleading not guilty. Both facing years behind bars if convicted. Vandemoer's defense attorneys are asking for probation only, no jail time. He said he never kept the bribe funth for himself, putting it in the university's sailing program. Stanford says it plans to donate that money. Whit, thanks. Let's bring in Dan Abrams. Let's just go to what whit just said there. He didn't personally profit on it. None of the students ended up going to Stanford. Does it play any weight today? It should. Two of the three student, I don't think moved through with the process. And prosecutors are still recommending 13 months in prison. Takings the position he could have faced up to four years. The bottom line F he ends up serving 13 month that should send a message to anyone still decide should I cut a deal? The answer is absolutely not. You have not cut a deal. Of all the people involved in this, he is the least culpable. He is not one of the parents who made a deal. Yeah, he did something wrong. No, he should not be serving 13 months in opinion. We will see what happens later today.

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