As the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to rise, Lori Loughlin's incarcerated husband Mossimo Giannulli is asking if he can serve the rest of his five-month prison sentence in home confinement, according to court documents filed January 14.
Due to his involvement in the college admissions scandal, the fashion designer plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, and was booked at a security federal prison in Lompoc, Calif., on Nov. 19.
According to multiple reports, Giannulli completed the prison's mandatory two-week quarantine upon arriving and tested negative. He was then supposed to be transferred to a minimum security camp, but his lawyers reveal that hasn't been the case.
Instead, he's been forced to stay in quarantine, despite testing negative for COVID-19 ten times.
The attorneys stated he's been in "a small cell... 24 hours per day with only three short 20 minute breaks per week, where he remained for 56 days" before finally being transferred to a camp on January 13.
Giannulli's son Gianni claimed that while in confinement, his dad was "only let out every three days for a few moments to shower.”
"The toll on Mr. Giannulli's mental, physical, and emotional well-being has been significant," due to those conditions, his legal team added.
His lawyers explained that he was forced to keep quarantining because incoming inmates had tested positive for the virus.
"As a result BOP has determined that any individual in the facility must re-quarantine each time that occurs, despite the fact that individuals are not in contact with one another, and instead are confined to their cells 24 hours per day," they noted.
The attorneys also pointed out that Giannulli should be released due to the Bureau of Prisons' new pandemic guidelines, which suggest prison populations be reduced by ordering a number of inmates to home confinement.
They also claim that solitary confinement in jail was "far more extreme" than the sentence Giannulli was given.
Giannulli's wife Loughlin was released from her own sentence on December 28 after serving two months behind bars. She and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 to others to help falsely portray their daughters, Olivia Jade, 21, and Isabella Rose, 22, as recruits for USC's crew team, which facilitated their acceptance into the school.
Aside from a five-month jail sentence, the fashion designer was fined $250,000, given 250 hours of community service and will have two years of supervised release.