Heather Mack, imprisoned in mother's 'suitcase murder' in Bali, to be released early

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A Chicago woman convicted of complicity in the murder of her mother and stashing her body in a suitcase on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali in 2014 will be released early from a 10-year prison sentence, a prison officer confirmed on Wednesday.

Heather Mack, who was 18 years old when she was arrested in the trunk of a taxi parked near the St. Regis Bali Resort the day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found, is released on October 29 and deported to the United States said Lili, the head of the Kerobokan Women’s Prison.

Lili, who has a single name, told The Associated Press that Mack had received a total of 34 months of reduced sentences, often granted to prisoners on major holidays, including a six-month pardon granted by the Indonesian government during Independence Day Landes in August.

“She has proven to be a good person, she was entitled to a reduction in sentence,” said Lili. “She looked happy when she found out … and excitedly started packing.”

Mack and her then boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were arrested in August 2014 and sentenced in April 2015. Schafer was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Before Mack was convicted, she gave birth to her and Schäfer’s daughter Stella Schäfer. There were also reports of a broken relationship between Mack and her mother, with officials confirming police had been called dozens of times to the family’s home in Oak Park, Illinois.

In 2016, Schaefer’s cousin Robert Bibbs pleaded guilty to planning the murder in exchange for $ 50,000 that Mack was to inherit and was sentenced to nine years in prison the next year.

After her release, Mack can be reunited with her now six-year-old daughter under Indonesian law.

But her Indonesian attorney Yulius Benyamin Seran previously said that Mack, who had not seen the little girl in about 20 months because authorities stopped visiting prison during the coronavirus pandemic, had asked Indonesian authorities to stay with her foster family to let avoid media attention.

According to Indonesian law, a deported foreigner is refused entry to Indonesia for a maximum of six months.

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