Giannulli was sentenced to five months in the clink for paying $500,000 as part of a scheme to get he and Loughlin’s two daughters into the University of Southern California, part of the wide-ranging college admissions scandal that the FBI named “Operation Varsity Blues.”
Loughlin, who also pleaded guilty, served two months and was released in late December.
Giannulli’s attorneys say he was forced to spend the first 56 days of his term in solitary confinement at a federal prison in Lompoc, Calif., according to CNN. The attorneys said Giannulli was stuck in a cell 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with only three 20-minute breaks per week.
Prison officials said the isolation was part of their effort to combat various coronavirus outbreaks, which have plagued U.S. prisons since the pandemic began.
Giannulli tested negative for COVID every time he was probed and was transferred to a neighboring minimum-security prison Wednesday, the AP reported.
Giannulli’s attorneys said his initial harsh treatment, when he was supposed to be serving a cushier sentence, justified the early release.
Despite the obvious opportunity, they presumably avoided any “Full House” puns in their motion.