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Lori Loughlin reunites with daughters after short prison stay

Lori Loughlin was released from prison earlier in December after she served time for her role in the college admissions scandal.

Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli.
Lori Loughlin, right, poses with Olivia Jade Giannulli at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018.
Chris Pizzello, Invision via Associated Press

Former “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin went right home to her daughters after she was released from prison for her role in the college admissions scandal, according to multiple reports.

What happened:

An unnamed source told People magazine that Loughlin went from prison back to her home to meet with her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli. The trio had an emotional reunion soon after.

  • “It’s the end of a very long ordeal,” the source said.
  • Loughlin is “beyond relieved that she can put her prison sentence behind her,” the source told People magazine.
  • “It’s the most stressful thing she has ever dealt with,” the insider continued. “She plans on spending New Year’s with Olivia and Bella.”

The state of things

Loughlin was released from federal prison after serving two months for her role in the college admissions scandal, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused in the college admissions scandal of paying bribes so their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, could be crew recruits for the University of Southern California (despite having never participated in the sport beforehand).

  • The couple originally pleaded not guilty before flipping their plea. She received a two-month sentence back in August. She later submitted herself to prison in October.
  • Loughlin’s sentence included two months in prison, a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised released with 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.