A former Kennesaw State University student who sparked a nationwide immigration debate when she was convicted of driving without a license has been released from jail.
Jessica Colotl was released at 8:30 p.m. from the Cobb County jail, officials told Channel 2 Action News.
She was sent back to jail to serve the out the remainder of a three-day sentence, said Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt, who was in the courtroom for the ruling on Monday.
Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley ordered Colotl to serve the last 11 hours of the three-day sentence attached to her March 2010 arrest.
“I have no grounds or no reason to change the sentence I have already imposed,” Tanksley said.
Colotl was also told by Tanksley she would be on probation for 11 months and 27 days, have to pay $1,000 fine and about $400 in surcharges. She was to perform 20 hours of community service.
“They’re elected officials and their constituents feel very strongly about this issue. Even with the recent executive order from the president this issue is dead. It’s over,” said defense attorney Jerome Lee.
Lee referred to an order from President Barack Obama that recently deferred deportation for people who were brought into the country illegally as children, as long as they are going to school and have no criminal record.
Colotol was stopped by a campus police officer for blocking traffic in March 2010, and jailed when she did not have a valid driver’s license.
Colotl, whose parents brought her to the United States illegally from Mexico when she was about 10 years old, was handed over to federal authorities when deputies said she provided a false address.
“This is a very big issue for the people of Cobb County for reasons that I don’t particularly understand,” Lee told Cavitt.