BOSTON - Actress Felicity Huffman was given two weeks jail time Friday for paying bribes to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious American university, the first high-profile figure to be sentenced in a cheating scandal that rocked America.

The “Desperate Housewives” actress, wearing a navy blue dress and cardigan, looked ashen-faced as she left the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, clutching the hand of her husband, actor William H. Macy.

Huffman, 56, was the first parent to be sentenced among 50 people indicted in an elaborate and wide-ranging scam to help children of the elite secure places in top US colleges.

The Oscar nominee pleaded guilty in May during a tearful court appearance to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter s SAT college entrance exam score.

Judge Indira Talwani told Huffman it was important to send a message to other parents that they can t use their wealth to cheat more deserving students.

“I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with the community around you asking why you had gotten away with this,” she said, according to media outlets in the courtroom.

The judge said Huffman can rebuild her life after serving the sentence, which also includes a fine of $30,000 and 250 hours of community service.

After this, you ve paid your dues,” she said.

Huffman must report for prison on October 25.

The actress apologized to students and parents and said she accepted the judge s decision.

“I broke the law. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” the actress said in a statement.

“My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions,” Huffman added.

Federal prosecutors had asked that Huffman be given a month in jail.

Her defense team recommended a sentence of a year s probation and a $20,000 fine.

Her guilty plea avoided what would have been a well-publicized trial and potentially lengthier jail sentence.

The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.