'Nut Rage' Exec Freed Early
But she has to live under 'heavy criticism from society'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2015 3:01 AM CDT
Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-ah, aka Heather Cho, leaves the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, today.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – After spending nearly five months finding out how macadamia nuts are served in South Korean prisons, Heather Cho is a free woman. The former Korean Air executive was sentenced to a year in prison in February on charges stemming from her tantrum over how nuts were served in first class, but she was released today after an appeals court decided her actions did not cause a change in the flight's path, the BBC reports. She had been in prison since her Dec. 30 arrest. Cho—the daughter of the airline's chairman—is still guilty of assaulting a flight attendant, but the court cut her sentence to 10 months and released her on probation, CNN reports. She is a first-time offender and will "have to live under heavy criticism from society, and stigma," one of the appeal judges said.