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Friday, 16 June 2023 09.42

Heather Mack is expected to plead guilty in court Friday

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Heather Mack case returned to the federal courtroom in Chicago Friday.

Mack was convicted in Indonesia for helping kill his mother. Now it looks like he's ready to strike a plea deal here in the US

Heather Mack is expected to appear in person in federal court, where she could potentially plead guilty.

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The 27-year-old woman had spent years in Indonesian prisons for assisting in the 2014 murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack.

Mack, of Oak Park, has been in federal custody in Chicago on charges here in the state.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and a count of obstruction of justice for allegedly helping to put his mother's body in a suitcase at a luxury resort in Bali with ex-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer.

So why isn't this a double jeopardy? Legal experts say the charges involve two countries with their own laws and jurisdictions, which do not violate the US Constitution's prohibition against charging a person twice for the same act.

Government and defense attorneys notified judges earlier this month that they were finalizing a plea deal, so it looks likely that there will be an admission of guilt Friday morning.

The trial is expected to take place at 08.30 WIB

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