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Martha Unbound: Stewart Flies on First Day of Freedom

(Posted September 2, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( Martha Stewart celebrated her first day out of home confinement by doing something she couldn't for the past several months -- getting out of town.

Stewart ended five months of wearing an electronic monitor on her ankle shortly after midnight Wednesday (Aug. 31). She'd been wearing the bracelet since her March release from prison, where she served five months for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in a stock-fraud case.

After turning in shortly after cutting off her anklet, Stewart was out of her Westchester County estate by 8 a.m. Thursday, the New York Post reports. She headed to a private plane at the county's airport, which was reportedly bound for Maine's Mount Desert Island, where she also has a home.

The island's police chief tells the Bangor Daily News that Stewart had hired some of his officers to provide security at her home during the Labor Day weekend.

Stewart had been scheduled to end her home confinement on Aug. 10, but she had three weeks added to her term after apparently violating the conditions of her home confinement. She was allowed to leave her home for 48 hours per week, but only for work, medical appointments, religious services or to buy groceries. The Post reported she had done some other things outside the home as well, including attending a yoga class.

Stewart said in a statement Wednesday that she was filled with "nervous excitement" about being able to come and go as she pleases. The end of her confinement comes less than two weeks before the debut of her new syndicated daytime show, "Martha," and three weeks before her version of "The Apprentice" premieres on NBC.

She still has to fulfill an 18-month term of probation, which ends in March 2007.

Source: Zap2it

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