RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — An 18-year-old former cheerleader who paid a classmate to kill her father because she said he forced her to have sex with him was freed from jail today and had a belated Christmas celebration with her brother and her boyfriend's family.
A smiling Cheryl Pierson emerged from the Suffolk County Jail after serving 14 weeks with time off for good behavior and drove off with her boyfriend, Robert Cuccio, 20, and her brother, James, 22, in a white stretch limousine blaring rock music.
Pierson was greeted by a splash of 102 yellow ribbons--one for each day she was in jail--on the trees at Cuccio's home, where she said she wants to help other victims of incest.
"I'm just glad it's all over," Pierson told reporters soon after walking out of the jail.
Wearing blue jeans and a black jacket, the blonde teen-ager said she had lost 15 pounds since she went to jail Oct. 5. "The food wasn't that bad. It's just that I didn't have that much of an appetite," she said.