Transcript for 3rd parent sentenced to prison in ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal
Now to that new sentencing in the college admissions scandal. A Los Angeles businessman got four months in prison for paying to get his son into Georgetown university. Whit Johnson has the details. Reporter: This father paid one of the largest single bribes of any of the parents charged in the conspiracy. The judge setting the tone early sentencing two parents to months in prison as others wait to learn their fate. This morning, a third parent now heading to prison for his role in that nationwide college admissions scandal. On Thursday Stephen semprevivo, an L.A. Business executive, sentenced to four months behind bars after paying a $400,000 bribe to get his son accepted into Georgetown university as a tennis recruit. Even though he didn't play competitively. Prosecutors say semprevivo even involved his son in the scheme having him write an email to the Georgetown tennis coach saying I have played very well with terrific success in doubles this summer. I am looking forward to having a chance to play for you. The payment allegedly going to accused mastermind Rick singer. Georgetown expelled semprevivo's son. In a letter semprevivo saying I am mortified I have done this and take full responsibility adding, looking back, I can see that Rick singer worked me over and got me to do and believe things I am ashamed of and deeply regret. But the judge handing down a stiff sentence, one that includes 500 hours of community service, two years of supervised release and a $100,000 fine. TREs felicity Huffman was given a two-week sentence earlier this month and another father, Devin Sloane sentenced to four months if prison on Tuesday. The latest could signal what other parts might face if convicted. Most notably actress Lori Loughlin who along with her husband is accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get her daughter admitted into usc. Loughlin and her husband are fighting the charges pleading not guilty. Their lawyers will be back in court next week, but it's important to point out all three parents who have been sent to scale so far pleaded guilty. George. Whit, thanks very much. Let's bring in Dan Abrams for more. A little pattern developing here. Two four-month sentences in a row even though different amounts of money were involved. The judge not applying the standard that prosecutors had wanted which is the more money you spent, the tougher your sentence should be. The judge has rejected that. Instead what the judge is doing is focusing more on the conduct. In effect, how bad was what you did here? How much effort did you make to defraud the system, et cetera? And it seems that in these last two cases the judge is basically saying, yeah, one was 400,000, one was 250,000 but in essence it was the same sort of scheme and as a result has given a four-month sentence to both of them but very different for felicity Huffman. Right. What we know, though, they've all pled guilty. Yeah. They all showed remorse to the court. Lori Loughlin right there is, of course, fighting the charges. Does that suggest that if she's found guilty she will definitely get more than four months. I would certainly think so. It would likely be a different this is the judge who is sentencing most of the people pleading guilty but this is kind of the floor. You want to accept responsibility, prosecutors, by the way, have been asking for more in each of these cases than the judge is giving. But if you view the fact that Lori Loughlin has been charged with an additional charge in addition to just this services allegation and you have the fact that she hasn't pled guilty so goes to trial and is found guilty, I don't see how she doesn't get more than four months. I could imagine someone coming up to Lori Loughlin and saying, listen, you'll fight it, it will take forever and you're likely to face more prison time. Could she get a deal? I don't think she could get the four months at this point, but, again, the issue has been the prosecutors are recommending these higher ranges, so the quote/unquote deal she was being offered by prosecutors was in essence to plead guilty and them recommend two years in prison. The judge is now coming down from those. That's certainly an indicator that even if you plead guilty, you can get a more lenient sentence. If she pled guilty, I don't think she could get four months at this point. That ship has passed. Coming up, the baggage
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