Martha Stewart Released From Prison

Mar 4, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Author and television host Martha Stewart was released from federal prison early Friday morning, completing her five-month sentence for obstructing justice.

Ms. Stewart, the founder of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, took a private jet from Greenbriar Valley Airport in West Virginia to Westchester County Airport in New York, within driving distance from her Connecticut estate.

Ms. Stewart did not speak to reporters, but issued a statement on her Web site.

“The experience of the last five months in Alderson, W. Va., has been life-altering and life-affirming,” she said in the statement. “Someday, I hope to have the chance to talk more about all that has happened, the extraordinary people I have met here and all that I have learned.”

Ms. Stewart, whose company operates a magazine and licenses dozens of products carrying the Martha Stewart name, is scheduled to begin shooting a new version of the NBC reality series “The Apprentice” in May. A new syndicated daytime strip starring Ms. Stewart from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution for fall 2005 already has been cleared in 85 percent of the country.

Ms. Stewart will be under house arrest for the next five months, which requires her to wear an electronic ankle monitor. Ms. Stewart will be able to leave her home for up to 48 hours a week to work.

“Right now, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to be returning to my more familiar life,” she continued in her statement. “My heart is filled with joy at the prospect of the warm embraces of my family, friends and colleagues. Certainly, there is no place like home.”