Heather Mack Biography – Wiki
Heather Mack, the Illinois woman convicted of helping murder her mother on vacation in 2014 and packing her body in a suitcase, received an early release from Kerobokan prison in Indonesia, PEOPLE confirms.
According to Mack’s US prosecutor, Vanessa Favia, the 25-year-old, who gave birth in prison six years ago, is expected to be released in October.
She will be deported back to the United States.
Heather Mack’s age is unknown.
Early Release from Bali Prison
Mack was initially sentenced to 10 years in prison, but became eligible for release this year due to his good behavior, according to Favia.
Mack and his then-boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were found guilty of beating Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a 62-year-old Chicago socialist, to death at a luxury hotel in Bali, Indonesia.
At the couple’s trial, Schaefer confessed to the murder and admitted to repeatedly hitting von Wiese-Mack with a metal fruit bowl.
She claimed that when von Wiese-Mack found out that Mack was pregnant, she became very angry and threatened to kill the couple’s unborn baby, and tried to strangle him for almost 30 seconds.
After the murder, the couple packed von Wiese-Mack’s body into a suitcase and, hours later, placed the suitcase in the trunk of a taxi before fleeing the hotel.
The driver notified the police after he saw blood dripping from the luggage.
The Chicago couple faced possible execution by firing squad, but Mack was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years.
Mack spoke to PEOPLE from prison in 2015 and said of her mother: “She never wanted to be separated from me and yet she hated everything about me too. It was complicated.”
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Mack’s daughter Stella was allowed to live with Mack in prison until she was 2 years old. It was then that Mack turned the boy over to an Australian-Balinese woman named Oshar Putu Melody Suartama, who became friends with Mack shortly after she was arrested.
The woman agreed to care for Stella until Mack’s release.