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American in Bali 'Suitcase Murder' to Be Freed Years Early

Heather Mack of Chicago was arrested for helping her boyfriend kill her mother

(Newser) - A Chicago woman convicted of assisting her boyfriend in her mother's murder and stuffing the body in a suitcase on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in 2014 is being released early from a 10-year sentence, a prison official confirmed Wednesday. Heather Mack, who was 18 when she was...

76-Year-Old Returned to Prison After Missing Calls Goes Home

Gwen Levi was at a word-processing class with her ringer off at the time

(Newser) - A 76-year-old grandmother sent back to prison after attending a computer class is back to living life with a small amount of freedom. US District Judge Deborah C. Chasanow granted Gwen Levi a request for compassionate release Tuesday, saying "it would do little" to force the Baltimore resident to...

Saudi Activist's Release Seen as a Nod to Biden

Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be trying to play nice by freeing Loujain al-Hathloul

(Newser) - US and Canadian authorities are celebrating the release of a Saudi women's rights activist after 1,001 days in prison, though allies say she is not yet "free." Loujain al-Hathloul, a 31-year-old activist who attended university in Canada, was arrested in 2014 as she defied a ban...

Lori Loughlin Is Released From Prison

She served nearly 2 months in college bribery scandal

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin is a free woman again. The Full House actress was released from a federal prison in California on Monday after serving nearly two months in the college admissions bribery scandal , reports People . Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is scheduled to be released in April after his own...

His Release Date Was 2419. It Just Got Pushed to Now

'Stunning reprieve' from judge for money launderer Juan Carlos Seresi, serving a 505-year sentence

(Newser) - A money launderer who was sentenced nearly 30 years ago to five centuries behind bars just got what CNN calls a "stunning reprieve." A Los Angeles federal judge decided he should be let out of prison ASAP. US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled Thursday that 73-year-old...

Paul Manafort Is Out
Paul Manafort Is Out

Paul Manafort Is Out

Former Trump campaign chairman granted house arrest due to coronavirus

(Newser) - Paul Manafort is out of prison. President Trump's former campaign chairman, sentenced to 7.5 years for tax fraud and conspiracy in March 2019, was released from Loretto federal prison in Pennsylvania early Wednesday owing to the novel coronavirus, according to ABC News and CBS News . Manafort, picked up...

Bad News on 2 Fronts for Michael Cohen

Trump's ex-lawyer wasn't released from prison, though it's murky; plus, pushback on his tell-all

(Newser) - Friday was supposed to be the day when Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Trump, was to be released early from prison, allowed to spend the rest of his sentence in home confinement instead of remaining behind bars until November 2021. Now, sources tell ABC News that Cohen...

Judge Lets Goodfellas Mobster Go Free

Vinny Asaro is allowed to go home

(Newser) - Goodfellas wiseguy Vinny Asaro got a break Friday when he was released from prison over concerns about the coronavirus, the New York Post reports. The thinking: He's 85 and suffered a stroke just last year. "If Asaro were to contract COVID-19, given his age and current state, it...

After 32 Years, Convict Walks Into Pandemic

But Joe Bryan is just 'thankful' to be free

(Newser) - "Just don't be hugging everybody," a correctional officer advised Joe Bryan shortly before the 79-year-old walked out of Texas State Penitentiary for the first time in 32 years on Tuesday. It was well-meaning advice in the midst of a pandemic. But "that is like telling a...

Convicted Murderer Freed After Cop's Letter Surfaces

Letter names suspect other than Calvin Bright, who is released on time served

(Newser) - "I knew this day would eventually come," convicted murderer Calvin Bright said upon walking out of jail in Washington, DC, Wednesday after 25 years. "I never doubted it because I'm innocent." Bright, 47, was sentenced to 65 years to life on two counts of first-degree...

A Break for Prison Seamstress Who Helped Killers Escape

Joyce Mitchell to go free after 5 years in prison

(Newser) - The former upstate New York prison worker who helped two convicted murderers escape in 2015 is about to go home. Joyce Mitchell, sentenced to up to seven years in prison for providing material support to Clinton Correctional Facility escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat, is expected to be released from...

Woman in Texting Suicide Case Is Out
Woman in
Texting Suicide
Case Is Out

Woman in Texting Suicide Case Is Out

Michelle Carter released early for good behavior

(Newser) - The woman convicted in Massachusetts' "suicide by text" case was released from jail Thursday. Michelle Carter, now 23, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for, when she was 17, encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to go through with his planned suicide. She called and texted him as he...

Oklahoma Opens Prison Gates in a Fresh Start for 450 Inmates
State Sets 450 Inmates Free

State Sets 450 Inmates Free

Emotional reunions with families and friends follow in Oklahoma

(Newser) - "Let's make it so you guys do not come back here again." With that, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board freed at least 462 inmates on Monday, the nation's largest one-day commutation ever. The governor addressed about 70 of the nonviolent offenders...

Georgia Accidentally Sets Free Child Rapist

Now scrambling to find inmate after public wasn't notified for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Georgia are on the hunt for a rapist who was serving a life sentence when he was mistakenly released from prison on Friday. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, 31, jailed since 2015 on convictions of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County, was released from Reidsville's Rogers State...

Felicity Huffman Catches Break Thanks to Release Rules

Credit for time served, plus DOJ guidelines on weekend releases spring actress 3 days early

(Newser) - If anyone thought Felicity Huffman's two-week prison sentence was too short, it just got truncated even more. People reports that the 56-year-old was released Friday from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., on the 11th day of her 14-day sentence. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying college admissions...

'American Taliban' Is Free, Not Going Back to California

John Walker Lindh will live in Virginia for now

(Newser) - John Walker Lindh, better known as the "American Taliban," left federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday to restart his life as a free man. The native of Marin County, California, however, won't be returning to his home state, at least not immediately. CNN reports Lindh...

Kim Jong Nam's Murder Nowhere Near Being Solved

Doan Thi Huong released from Malaysian prison on Friday

(Newser) - Two years after Kim Jong Un's half-brother was murdered, the case seems to be dead as well. Doan Thi Huong, one of two women arrested in the aftermath of Kim Jong Nam's death, is heading home. The Vietnamese woman pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of...

Mobster May Be Key to Finding $500M in Stolen Art. He's Not Talking

To be released from prison, Robert Gentile still 'has no idea where the paintings are'

(Newser) - When FBI agents searched Robert Gentile's Connecticut home in 2016, the aging mobster was adamant that they were barking up the wrong tree. "They ain't gonna find nothing," he said through his lawyer , as he was serving a 54-month prison sentence for drug and gun charges....

Nearly 20 Years After Enron Scandal, Ex-CEO a Free Man
A Famous CEO Villain
Is Out of Prison

A Famous CEO Villain Is Out of Prison

Enron's Jeffrey Skilling was released from federal custody on Thursday

(Newser) - He spent a dozen years behind bars for his role in the Enron scandal. Now, the energy company's former CEO is once again a free man, per Reuters . The Bureau of Prisons says that Jeffrey Skilling—who'd been convicted in 2006 on charges of securities fraud, insider trading,...

Family Decides on Taking In Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

Wanda Barzee's niece says she has to fend for herself

(Newser) - Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison , looming fears about whether she remains a threat and...

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