Gabrielle Nestande was released from jail Friday morning after serving 180 days for the hit-and-run death of Courtney Griffin in 2011.
In February, Nestande was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide for striking Griffin with her black BMW after having drinks with her boyfriend and friends on Rainey Street. She was sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence, or probation. Her jail term was tacked on by the judge as part of that sentence.
During trial, the California native told the jury she at first thought someone was throwing rocks at her car, and later though she may have hit a deer.
Griffin’s body was discovered in a driveway in the early morning hours of May 27, 2011. Nestande was arrested at the Capitol several hours later, where she worked as a legislative aide.
Earlier this month, Nestande suffered minor injuries after she was assaulted by another inmate, according to her attorneys.