Heather Mack to plead guilty in US to killing mom: Report
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Heather Mack and her mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack (CBS News screenshots)

Heather Mack and her mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack (CBS News screenshots)

A 27-year-old Chicago woman who was sentenced to 10 years in an Indonesian prison for brutally killing her socialite mother in a luxury hotel while on vacation in Bali and hiding the body in a suitcase reportedly plans to plead guilty to federal charges of conspiring to commit murder.

Heather Mack, who infamously became known as the “Suitcase Killer,” spent seven years in Indonesia’s Kerobokan prison for the 2014 murder of her 62-year-old mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, before being released in October 2021 and sent back to the U.S.

Upon arriving at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Nov. 3, 2021, federal agents took Mack into custody immediately after her flight landed.

Mack and her then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice in Wiese-Mack’s death. Schaefer was also convicted by an Indonesian court for killing Wiese-Mack and is currently still serving an 18-year prison sentence in that country.

Mack, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, on Tuesday confirmed reports published last week about her planned change of plea in an interview with the New York Post.

“We were offered a good plea. First, it was 15 to 35 [years]; now they are saying zero to 25 years, including time served,” she reportedly told the Post.

The convicted killer also addressed what was behind her change of heart regarding the plea decision

“I have served nearly ten years in prison. I felt that I had done my time, so I was gung-ho for trial. Now, after sitting for so long, I know what I have to do,” she reportedly told the paper. “I’m going to be a felon in America, and that is fine. I understand from [the U.S. government’s] perspective that, if I don’t plead guilty and they didn’t indict me, I wouldn’t be a felon. I could become a police officer and work for the government — I could carry a firearm on the street.”

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