Heather Mack, the young American woman who helped her boyfriend kill her mother in 2014 while vacationing in Bali, Indonesia, was arrested by the FBI when she returned home to the U.S. Wednesday for the first time in seven years, 포브스, 폭스 뉴스 그리고 AP 통신 보고서.
에 2017, while Mack, 26, and her now-former boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, were serving out their prison sentences in Indonesia, they were charged in U.S. Federal Court in Chicago with conspiring to kill Mack’s mother, 62-year-old Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack, at an upscale hotel in Bali in 2014. The pair then stuffed the victim’s body into a suitcase they left in a taxi, earning Mack the monicker the “Suitcase Killer” in the media.
On Wednesday morning, the federal indictment was unsealed to reveal the charges — and then quickly resealed in federal court in Chicago, AP통신, WGN 9 소식 and Fox News report.
Mack and Schaefer were found guilty in 2015 in Indonesia of killing her mother. At the couple’s trial, Schaefer confessed to the killing and admitted to hitting von Wiese-Mack repeatedly with a metal fruit bowl.
Mack, who was pregnant with Schaefer’s baby during the 2015 재판, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping Schaefer kill her mother. He was sentenced to 18 감옥에서 몇 년.
8 월, after serving nearly seven years of her sentence, Mack was approved for early release from Indonesia’s Kerobokan Prison due to good behavior, Mack’s U.S.-based attorney, Vanessa Favia, 당시 사람들에게 말했다. The BBC reports sentence reductions are common in Indonesia.
Mack was deported back to the U.S. 화요일에. Accompanied by U.S. federal authorities, she and her daughter Stella flew back to Chicago, landing at O’Hare Airport on Wednesday.
일요일에, before Mack left Indonesia, her Indonesia-based attorney, Yulius Benyamin Seran told PEOPLE in an email that she was looking forward to returning home.
“Heather already completed her sentence and now starts her new life,” Seran wrote.
“She learned a lot about life inside prison and she will dedicate her life for her daughter Stella,” 그가 썼다. “From Bali, I wish [NS] Chicago government protects [NS] innocent child Stella and guarantees Stella gets her right to …. 평범한 삶” like every child.
Cab Driver Notified Police of Grisly Discovery
At the couple’s trial, Schaefer confessed to the killing.
He claimed that when von Wiese-Mack found out Mack was pregnant, she became enraged and threatened to kill the couple’s unborn baby — and then tried to strangle him for nearly 30 초.
After the slaying, the couple stuffed von Wiese-Mack’s body in a suitcase and, 몇 시간 후, placed the suitcase in the trunk of a taxi outside the St. Regis Bali Resort. 그 다음에, they fled.
The driver notified police after he spotted blood leaking from the luggage.
Mack’s Lawyer Says U.S. Charges Amount to ‘Double Jeopardy’
Mack gave birth to her daughter in 2015, while behind bars. The girl was allowed to live with Mack in prison until she turned 2. Mack turned Stella over to a woman living in Bali who befriended Mack after her arrest.
Mack’s longtime attorney Brian Claypool said in a statement to PEOPLE that he will argue that U.S. authorities “will be guilty of engineering a double jeopardy case” and plans to fight the charges.
He is also worried about Mack’s daughter, saying in the statement that he is “concerned that Stella will end up being a pawn in this international legal scandal.”
He said he will fight to avoid having Stella placed into the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS) instead of releasing her to the foster mother who cared for her while Mack was in prison.
The Chicago Tribune reports a Cook County probate judge issued an emergency order on Tuesday appointing family attorney Vanessa Favia as Stella’s temporary guardian.
The girl’s paternal grandmother, Kia Walker, wants guardianship of Stella, and will file a legal claim for custody, 알파벳 7 보고서. The outlet reports Walker came to the airport hoping to see Stella, but the girl was whisked away from her.
Three-Count Federal Indictment
The federal indictment filed in 2017 charges Mack and Schaefer with three counts.
Besides being charged with conspiring to kill von Wiese-Mack, they face an obstruction of justice charge, NS 시카고 선타임즈 and the Associated Press report.
They are also charged with destroying, mutilating and concealing objects to impair the availability for an official proceeding “by forcing the body of [von Wiese-Mack] into a suitcase after she had been killed and removing the suitcase from the place of the murder,” NS 시카고 선타임즈 and the Associated Press report.
The FBI and Mack’s attorneys did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.