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Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli denied early prison release over coronavirus concerns


Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli has been denied an early release from prison (Picture: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli has had his request for an early prison release denied.

The clothing designer had been hoping to cut his five-month sentence short due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, following his role in the college admissions scandal.

However, Variety reports that judge Nathaniel Gorton denied the 57-year-old’s request because his case did not meet the extraordinary circumstances required for compassionate release.

The judge wrote: ‘Although the Court recognizes the danger associated with COVID-19 and the particular risk of transmission in penitentiary facilities, the fear of COVID-19 alone, without more, is insufficient to warrant release.’

Giannulli’s attorneys had asked that for him to be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, saying he was put into isolation for nearly two months as the prison sought to contain Covid-19.

They added that isolation had taken a toll on his ‘mental, physical and emotional well-being.’

The fashion designer is serving a five-month sentence for his part in the college admission scandal (Picture: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA)

Giannulli was released to the general population in January after repeatedly testing negative for coronavirus.

The fashion designer surrendered to The Federal Correctional Institution in California in November, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud.

His wife was released on December 28 after serving a two-month sentence (Picture: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

As part of his sentence, Giannulli will also pay a $250,000 (£225k) fine and will serve 250 hours of community service.

His actress wife was released from prison on December 28 after serving her two-month sentence.

The TV star, who is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson, or Aunt Becky, in Full House, served her sentence at the same low-security prison where Felicity Huffman served her sentence in relation to the college admissions scam.

The couple pled guilty to paying $500,000 to have their children admitted to the University of Southern California using fraudulent athletic resumes in a scheme orchestrated by Rick Singer.

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