Last week, we reported that Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli was begging to serve the rest of his five month prison sentence for his role in the college admissions scandal at home after spending 56 days in isolation. While his request to complete his sentence at home has not been granted, Giannulli has reportedly gotten some good news, as he’s been moved out of isolation and into minimum security at his prison.
Court documents obtained by US Weekly show that Giannulli, 57, was initially supposed to be placed in minimum security when he arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc back in November, but he instead had to spend an “extended period” in quarantine amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
He was exposed to other inmates with COVID-19 and … he complained of symptoms consistent with the virus,” federal prosecutors said this week. “During this additional quarantine, Giannulli reported suffering a headache and the loss of his sense of smell, both symptoms of COVID-19. He was immediately moved to the isolation unit, where he stayed for 14 days and received additional COVID tests. There, he had access to books, mail, and a television and could communicate with other inmates in isolation through their cells.”
A source close to the case has since spoken out to refute the claims made by prosecutors that Giannulli had “symptoms consistent with the virus.”
Giannulli was tested for COVID-19 on January 11, and he got negative test results two days later. That same day, he was moved “to the adjacent minimum security camp.” There, he is allowed outside time between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and he can also be outside of his dormitory until 9 p.m.
When Giannulli asked for his prison sentence to be reduced because of his time in solitary confinement, prosecutors “opposed the motion,” explaining, “This possibility was not unforeseeable at the time Giannulli was sentenced, and it does not provide a basis to reduce the sentence that this Court concluded was just and appropriate.”
They added that if Giannulli were to be released early, the decision would be “widely publicized, thereby undermining the deterrent effect of the sentence.” A federal judge is still deciding whether Giannulli will be allowed to serve out the rest of his sentence at home.
“Mossimo had to file an emergency motion to get out of solitary because he had no access to anything while inside,” a source close to Giannulli said. “He didn’t go outside for almost two weeks; he was denied access to everything other than a shower. That’s why emergency motion happened. He was tested 10 times for COVID before he went in. Mossimo had COVID over the summer but had tested negative before he went in.”
Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison last year on charges related to him allegedly paying $500,000 in bribe money to have his two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before. His wife served two months in prison for the same crime, and was released from prison at the end of December.
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