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Appalachian Trials

Martha to serve sentence in West Virginia -- Stewart was not granted her wish to serve her five-month term close to her Connecticut home

Martha Stewart will be farther away than she hoped from her mother -- and her beloved chickens, dogs, cats, and canaries -- when she serves her prison time beginning next month. The domestic diva had hoped to serve in Connecticut, but instead she'll be spending five months at a minimum security prison in Alderson, W.V., known as ''Camp Cupcake,'' according to wire service reports. In a statement, Stewart said she was disappointed at the choice of prisons, but ''pleased'' that the Bureau of Prisons had found her a place so quickly.

''I look forward to getting this behind me and to vigorously pursuing my appeal,'' Stewart added. After her prison time, Stewart, who was convicted of lying about a stock trade, is expected to serve five months of house arrest. At the Alderson facility, which houses mainly drug offenders, inmates are expected to work at such tasks as cooking, serving food, or cleaning the grounds -- jobs at which Stewart will no doubt excel. But she's probably used to being paid more than the expected 40 cents an hour.

Originally posted Sep 30, 2004
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