Criminal defense attorney and a former public defender in Los Angeles, Silva Megerditchian, who isn’t part of Loughlin and Mossimo’s legal team also weighed in on the possible jail and agreed about the 20-year max sentence.

Megerditchian said that because of the publicity of this case, the prosecution is not going to let the 16 indicted on secondary charges settle without serving some sort of time. In her opinion, Loughlin and Giannulli’s defense attorneys are going be using any type of charitable or humanitarian work to help them get less time.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she got between 5-10 years of federal prison because of the amount of negative publicity in this case,” she added. “But it’s impossible to know the exact number at this point in time. If they cooperate fully, it could go lower. It will depend on how deep Loughlin and Giannulli were involved in the scheme and what time of insider information they reveal.”

For fellow actress Felicity Huffman’s part, Megerditchian says that the “Desperate Housewives” star’s admissions of guilt helped her because prosecutors favor those who cooperate.

Her minimum sentence would be “about 4 months,” but that could be pleaded down to probation or house arrest, Megerditchian said of the actress, who announced her decision to plead guilty on Monday.

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