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‘Suitcase killer’ Heather Mack to be released early from Bali jail

“Suitcase killer” Heather Mack, the Chicago woman convicted of killing her socialite mother in Indonesia and stuffing the body in a suitcase, is being released early from a 10-year sentence, officials said Wednesday.

Mack, 25, will be released from Bali’s Kerobokan prison and deported to the US on Oct. 29 after getting a total of 34 months shaved off her sentence, the Kerobokan Female Prison chief told the Associated Press.

Mack and her then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were convicted by an Indonesian court in the cold-blooded murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in August 2014.

Schaefer had bludgeoned Wiese-Mack to death with a metal fruit bowl. He and Mack then stuffed her body into a suitcase.

She was arrested a day after the 62-year-old’s body was discovered in the trunk of a taxi parked near the five-star St. Regis Resort in Bali.

Heather Mack, who was convicted of killing her mother in Indonesia, will be released from prison on October 29, 2021.Hati Kecil Visual

Heather Mack (left) with her mother (right) and father.AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File

Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer allegedly beat Sheila von Wiese-Mack to death and stuffed her into her suitcase, which was discovered in a taxi. EPA/ANTA KESUMA

Both were found guilty of first-degree murder and locked up in Kerobokan prison, with Schaefer sentenced to 18 years and Mack to 10.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo decided in August to release her nearly three years early for good behavior.

“She has shown to be a good person, she was entitled to the sentence reduction,” said the warden, who goes by a single name, Lili. “She looked happy when she learned this … and began to pack up excitedly.”

Heather Mack and then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, who helped Mack murder her mother in Bali.Twitter

Before her conviction, Mack gave birth to their daughter, Stella Schaefer, who is now 6.

Mack will be allowed to reunite with Stella, though her Indonesian attorney, Yulius Benyamin Seran, has said that she had asked authorities to let the girl remain with her foster family to avoid media attention.

In August, Mack told The Post that she was “fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago.”

“I’m not worried about the idea that people cannot understand the tragedy for my sake. But I’m nervous for Stella. I’m scared that if she comes back to the States with me, she will be exposed to what happened,” she said.

There were reports of a troubled relationship between Mack, who grew up in the well-heeled Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill., and her mother — with officials confirming that police had been called many times to the family’s home.

In 2016, Schaefer’s cousin Robert Bibbs pleaded guilty to helping to plan the killing in exchange for $50,000 that Mack was expected to inherit. He was later sentenced to nine years in the slammer.


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