The Grand Prairie woman sentenced to eight years in prison for voting illegally has been released from jail pending her appeal, authorities said.
An appeal bond of $11,111 for Rosa Maria Ortega was posted Thursday morning, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement pulled her immigration hold, setting up her release.
Ortega, a U.S. resident and green-card holder, faces deportation by ICE after being convicted last month by a Tarrant County jury on two felony counts of illegal voting. The mother of four is free to reunite with her children and fiance, Oscar Sherman, who last visited her Wednesday at the Tarrant County Jail.
Her attorneys did not return messages Thursday evening.
Clark Birdsall, who defended Ortega in the trial, said Wednesday that the expectation was that immigration officials would to take her into custody and transport her to the Dallas Immigration Detention Center. From there, it was expected she would be transferred to a detention center to await a court hearing in front of an immigration judge.
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