Heather Mack, the American woman convicted with her boyfriend for the sadistic murder of her mother in 2014 in Bali, was freed from prison earlier today.
Mack served seven years of a 10-year sentence and is set for deportation to the United States.
The notorious case had sent shockwaves throughout Bali then. Mack, who was 19 years old and pregnant at the time of the crime, had been found guilty of assisting in the murder that her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, committed. Schaefer got 18 years for killing Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack and then stuffing the body in a suitcase at a luxury hotel on the island.
Now 25 years old, Mack was granted early release for good behavior, the head of Kerobokan prison’s female section said.
“Heather is completely free,” Lili said.
“When she was released, she was a bit shocked and emotional. She hesitated and was scared, but we encouraged her.”
Donning sunglasses and an orange prison vest, Mack was handed to immigration officials to await deportation. It is not immediately clear when she would be flown back home, or whether Mack’s six-year-old daughter, who has been raised in a foster home in Bali, would also be deported together with the convict.
Previously, Mack filed for her daughter to remain in Indonesia, as she did not want the child to be hounded by US media.