Martha Stewart Sentenced To 5 Months in Prison

A federal prison may soon have a new resident, Martha Stewart was sentenced today to five months in prison. After Stewart spends her time in the Big House, she’ll be confined to house arrest for an additional five months.  In addition to incarceration, Stewart was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.  U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum sentenced Stewart to the minimum under federal sentencing guidelines.

Stewart was convicted of lying to authorities about a December 2001 stock sale. 

Stewart’s co-defendant, stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, received the same sentence by Judge Cedarbaum. 

Judge Cedarbaum went along with a request that Stewart serve her sentence at a minimum security prison in Danbury, Conn. That prison may still not be graced with Stewart's decorating tips, because the decision whether Stewart will have to serve that sentence or not is now up to the appellate court. She will remain free pending the disposition of her appeal.  .


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