Stewart Sentenced To Five Months Jail Time

N E W   Y O R K, July 16, 2004 — Martha Stewart was sentenced today to five months of jail time and five months of house arrest for lying about a 2001 stock sale.

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Stewart was also fined $30,000. Stewart dressed simply in a black pantsuit, showed no emotion as she strode briskly through a media horde and arrived at the Manhattan federal courthouse. Supporters applauded and one shouted, "Hold your head high, Martha!"

Lawyers for Stewart, 62, are expected to ask Cedarbaum to allow her to remain free while she appeals her conviction. The judge also could allow Stewart to spend half her sentence at a halfway house or confined to her home.