Mossimo Giannulli, husband of actress Lori Loughlin is currently serving a five-month sentence in prison. This is for his part in the college admissions scandal. Citing COVID-19 concerns, Giannulli’s attorneys requested the fashion designer complete his sentence in home confinement.
Mossimo Giannulli requests home confinement
When Calls the Heart alum Lori Loughlin has completed her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions scam. She was home with her daughters shortly after Christmas Day. However, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is still currently serving his five-month sentence.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, he has had to spend 40 percent of his sentence in solitary confinement. According to his attorneys, this is taking a major toll on his mental, physical and emotional well-being. Giannulli’s attorneys on Thursday filed an emergency motion. In the motion, they requested the court allow him to serve the balance of his sentence in home confinement.
Giannulli reported to FCI-Lompoc, a California low-security federal prison, on November 19, 2020. According to his legal team, he completed his prison-required COVID-19 quarantine. Following the quarantine period, Giannulli was to move to a minimum-security camp. Instead, the prison immediately placed him in solitary confinement in the adjacent medium-security penitentiary.
At that stage, Giannulli was confined to a small cell in the penitentiary. He remained there on a 24-hour basis. He was only allowed three, 20-minute breaks from the cell per week. This continued up until January 13, when Giannulli was finally transferred to the camp.
Regular testing for COVID-19
The attorneys note that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) continue to test Mossimo Giannulli for COVID-19 every two weeks. Despite testing negative each time, the prison returned him to solitary confinement. The reasoning for this was that other prisoners arriving at the facility had tested positive.
In their motion, the attorneys wrote that as a result, the BOP has determined that any individual in the facility must re-quarantine each time this occurs. Moreover, they remain confined to their cell, 24 hours a day.
In the motion, Giannulli’s attorneys cited the BOP’s pandemic guidance. This guidance includes the reduction of prison populations. This reduction allows certain inmates to serve their sentences under home confinement. They argue that solitary confinement is “far more extreme” than what the court had recommended during Giannulli’s sentencing.
Giannulli’s legal team wrote that he had spent almost two months in solitary quarantine. This reportedly constitutes almost 40 percent of his sentence.
Mossimo Giannulli and the college admissions scandal
In 2020, Giannulli pleaded guilty to his role in the college admissions scandal. The charges were conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. It also included honest services wire and mail fraud. The court sentenced Giannulli to five months in prison. He also faced a fine of $250,000, 250 hours of community service and a two-year supervised release.
As reported by CNN, a judge has yet to rule on the emergency motion.