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Maria Stancati out of prison after 14 months of 20-year sentence

Fourteen months after receiving a 20-year prison sentence, Maria Stancati is being released from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Judge Jerome Frese of St. Joseph Superior Court released Stancati from the IDOC on Monday. Stancati will be transferred to the Dismas House in South Bend and will be under the supervision of Dismas as well as that of the DuComb Center.

Posted on Aug. 23, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.

Fourteen months after receiving a 20-year prison sentence, Maria Stancati is being released from the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Judge Jerome Frese of St. Joseph Superior Court released Stancati from the prison on Monday. Stancati will be transferred to the Dismas House in South Bend and will be under the supervision of Dismas as well as that of the DuComb Center, a part of St. Joseph County Community Corrections, said Barb Byers, Frese's assistant. She is on probation for 20 years.

Frese told Stancati when she was sentenced in June 2009 that he would consider modifying her sentence. Stancati's prison report showed she obeyed the rules and had not received any write ups.

Stancati and her sister Michelle were arrested in connection with a meth lab fire in their South Bend home in November 2008.

In June 2009, Stancati was sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property. At that time, the court ordered her to serve 20 years in IDOC in addition to serving probation. She was also sentenced to 65 days of incarceration on one count of misdemeanor OWI in connection with an arrest in April 2009 on the U.S. 31 Bypass.

Maria and Michelle, sisters who both worked as special education teachers for Elkhart Community Schools, were fired after their arrests in November.




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