AUSTIN -- A former legislative aide convicted in a fatal hit-and-run crash is out of jail after serving her sentence.
Gabrielle Nestande served six months at the Travis County Correctional Complex for criminally negligent homicide. She was released around 9 a.m. Friday.
Nestande walked out the front doors surrounded by her dad and brother, wrapping herself in a beige trenchcoat. She let out a small whimper before taking off in a sprint through the rain and climbing into the backseat of a black SUV. Her family drove off in silence.
Her jail time was the first part of the sentence handed down by Judge Karen Sage back in March. Nestande must now serve 10 years probation, 600 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine.
“Make no mistake, should you violate the terms and conditions of this, I can and will sentence you to prison,” warned Judge Sage during the sentencing hearing.
Judge Sage said she believes alcohol was a factor in that deadly hit-and-run crash. She also sentenced Nestande to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and install an ignition interlock on her car. Nestande is banned from bars and must undergo random drug testing.
"The judge put a lot of thought into the conditions she imposed on the defendant," said Assistant District Attorney Allison Wetzel following the sentencing hearing.
Nestande must also write a letter of apology to the victim's family. Courtney Griffin, 30, was walking along the side of the road in a West Austin neighborhood when she was hit and killed. Her parents have filed a lawsuit against Nestande for wrongful death.
Earlier this month 27-year-old Rachel Castillo attacked Nestande inside the jail, leaving cuts on her forehead and bruises to her eyes and face.
Castillo is now charged with assault in addition to unrelated theft and marijuana possession charges.
Both women were being held in the jail's general population.
"This is a hard pill for us to swallow..all we want is to be able to pick Courtney up from anywhere. Now that the defendant is back on the streets, I hope that the people of Austin help ensure she follows the conditions of her probation. That is the only way we can make sure no one has to suffer like we have since she so violently took Courtney from us," Laurie Griffin tells KVUE.