Martha's home after five months in prison

BEDFORD, N.Y., March 4 (UPI) -- Martha Stewart returned to her luxurious New York estate Friday after five months at a federal prison in West Virginia for lying about a stock sale.

Stewart, who still must spend the next five months in "home detention," appeared slim and delighted before stepping into a chartered jet for the flight back to her home, about 45 miles north of New York City, CNN said.


The 63-year-old trend-setter must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and is only allowed to go outside her house for a maximum of 48 hours a week for work, medical care or worship. Once her house arrest ends, Stewart will be on probation for another two years.

Meanwhile, she continues to appeal her conviction for lying to federal investigators about a sale of Imclone stock.

On her Web site,, Stewart said her incarceration had been both "life altering and life affirming." She said she was "thrilled to be returning to my more familiar life."

She said she will "never forget" the women she met in prison -- "all that they have done to help me over these five months, their children, and the stories they have told me."

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