AUSTIN (KXAN) - Gabrielle Nestande, the former Capitol aide convicted criminally negligent homicide in the May 2011 death of Courtney Griffin, was eleased from jail Friday after completing her 180-day sentence.
Nestande, who turned 26 in jail, has been serving her sentence at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle, according to the Travis County Sheriff's office.
The release just around 9 a.m.
The jail time came after the jury in her trial in February opted not to convict Nestande of criminally negligent homicide, which would have carried prison time. Jurors also recommended the she be given only 10 years probation, but Judge Karen Sage ruled that she must spend time behind bars.
Sage also ruled that Nestande apologize to Griffin's loved ones and wear an ankle monitor so that authorities know her whereabouts for 180 days after leaving jail. She may not enter a bar during the course of her probation. And she must perform 600 hours of community service in Travis County.
Less than a month after the sentence, Courtney Griffin's mother, Laurie Griffin, filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages against Nastande and others she said was responsible for the death of her daughter. The suit accused Nestande of being grossly negligent by driving without reasonable care after a night of drinking.
Then in May, Courtney Griffin's father Bart Griffin, said in his own lawsuit that Nestande was negligent by driving after drinking. Griffin also named the Clive Bar and its staff in the suit, saying they were negligent for continuing to serve Nestande and that William Marchbanks was negligent for allowing his girlfriend to drive knowing that she'd been drinking.
Earlier this month, Nestande was assaulted in jail and suffered injuries to her right eye and to the side of her head. Charges were filed against the female inmate accused of hitting her.
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