Actress Lori Loughlin, known for her role as “Aunt Becky” on “Full House” and “Fuller House,” wants to go to trial in her college admissions cheating case, People magazine reports.
The actress apparently believes a court trial is her best chance to save her reputation — and avoid going to jail.
The publication quotes a source close to Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, saying: “Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court. She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened.”
People notes that Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, are looking at charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. “If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for each charge,” the story reports.
People adds: “Attorneys for the couple were in court on Monday, entering formal pleas of not guilty of the charges against them. The couple previously turned down a plea deal — and they continue to insist that going to trial is in their best interest.”
Said the source: “She doesn’t want to spend time in jail, but she knows that any sort of plea or conviction at this point will include jail time. Her only chance of avoiding jail is to go to court and be found not guilty.”