Mack Gets 26 Years’ Prison, An American lady sentenced to 26 years in jail after pleading guilty to helping kill her mother and stuffing the body in a suitcase while on a luxury vacation in Bali.
Heather Mack was given credit by Judge Matthew Kennelly for the almost two years she spent in detention in Chicago awaiting trial after returning in 2021. Mack’s attorney, Michael Leonard, stated that her formal sentence will be approximately 23 years long.
Mack Gets 26 Years’ Prison for Helping Kill Mother in Bali
Federal convicts also receive credit for good behavior, approximately 50 days each year. Mack faced a 28-year prison sentence for conspiring with her boyfriend to assassinate Sheila von Wiese-Mack in 2014.
The government also requested that Mack, 28, receive five years of supervised release, a $US250,000 ($380,000) fine, and $US262,708 in restitution.
Prosecutors stated in a document last week that the requested sentence “is warranted and sufficient, but not greater than necessary to serve a just and appropriate punishment for Mack’s heinous crime”.
The sentencing hearing began Wednesday with testimony from Bill Wiese, Wiese-Mack’s brother and Mack’s uncle. He requested Kennelly to impose the highest punishment available, claiming Mack had never demonstrated remorse.
“If it were up to me, Heather would spend the rest of her life behind bars,” Wiese was quoted as saying.
Mack, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, orange slip-on shoes, and spectacles, stayed fairly silent as her uncle spoke, only occasionally gazing at the audience and giving little grins to some.
Mack pled guilty last June to one count of conspiring to kill von Wiese-Mack with her then-boyfriend to acquire access to a $US1.5 million trust fund. According to prosecutors, Mack, who was 18 and pregnant at the time, covered her mother’s mouth while Tommy Schaefer bludgeoned Wiese-Mack with a fruit dish in a hotel room.
Prosecutors claimed Mack and Schaefer had planned the murder for months, and video evidence showed them attempting to transport Wiese-Mack’s body in a small suitcase into an Indonesian taxi.
According to media accounts, authorities stated a security officer discovered blood marks on the suitcase and instructed the driver to take the pair to the police station when they did not return to the taxi.
Mack, who lived with her mother in Oak Park, Illinois, served seven years of a 10-year Indonesian sentence for her 2015 conviction as an accessory to Wiese-Mack’s murder. She was deported in 2021, and US agents apprehended her when she arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Mack’s six-year-old kid was with her when she was detained in Chicago. A custody battle resulted in the girl being put with a relative.
Mack’s lawyers sought a 15-year prison sentence, with credit for her seven years in Indonesian prison. She received automatic credit for the more than two years she spent in detention in Chicago.
“For the taxpayers to incur the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to incarcerate Ms Mack for an extended period within the BOP [US Bureau of Prisons] is particularly unnecessary,” Leonard stated in a court filing earlier this month.
The plea agreement called for a maximum sentence of 28 years in prison and the dismissal of two more counts against Mack.
Schaefer was convicted of murder and is currently serving an 18-year term in Indonesia. He is indicted under the same US indictment. His mother, Kia Walker, was in the courtroom when Mack was sentenced.