May 22, 2012 - Just wanted to get this out but there are conflicting accounts at the moment. Some sources mention only a 5 year reduction in her sentence, with other sources adding she will also get parole. The parole kicks in because her sister lives in Bali. Schapelle would not be returning to Australia yet, but must remain on the island of Bali for the length of her parole.
I will post again soon when I have confirmation of the sentence reduction and parole. It sounds like good news to me if this is indeed the case. An unconfirmed source stated Schapelle could be released from prison as early as August.
Update: All confirmed with the only question right now being exactly WHEN schapelle will be allowed to leave prison. Some supporters appear to be angry but I don't think they understand about the parole part yet. It plays out like this: 20 year sentence with 5 year cut equals 15 years. Now when you enter parole into the picture things look a lot brighter. In order for Schapelle to qualify for parole she would need to do 2/3 (2 thirds) of her sentence which comes out to 10 years. She has already served 7.5 years plus with the reductions she has already received plus with additional cut coming this Indonesian holiday makes 10 years plus. As far as I can see she would be out of prison in August or shortly thereafter if no one drags their feet.
While I was hoping for an outright release with a 10 year slash, I really did not have much faith in that happening. This whole thing could have dragged on for years so in my opinion Schapelle getting out of prison this summer to go and live with her sister Mercedes is pretty damn good, and a hell of a lot better than the remaining time she was facing. Freedom is only a few months away. I am not certain but I have heard that she would be the first foreigner to be granted parole there as it is a requirement to have family in Indonesia to qualify....well, she's got Merc. Hopefully she can start to heal now that she can see the light at the end of that "bloody long tunnel".