Martha Stewart begins five month house arrest sentence
UPI News Service, 03/07/2005
Martha Stewart's brief freedom ended Monday with the start of her five-month long house arrest that will require her to wear an ankle bracelet.
Stewart will be electronically monitored to ensure she stays in one building on her sprawling Westchester County, N.Y., estate, except for working, attending church or buying groceries for up to 48 hours a week.
During this time, Stewart will also host a spin-off of the popular "The Apprentice" TV show.
She was scheduled to address the media Monday from her company's offices.
The TV icon hosted about two dozen of her friends and relatives at her estate Sunday, the New York Daily News reported. The guests, who included sister Laura Plimpton and friend Susan Warburg, strolled the grounds and petted Stewart's horses.
"It's very, very good to be out," Stewart told fans who brought her gifts.
The house arrest follows five months behind bars for a conviction for lying about a stock deal.