It had all the hallmarks of a Hollywood crime thriller – a luxury hotel, a wealthy heiress and the grisly discovery of a body in a suitcase.
But for 18-year-old Heather Mack, it was the horrifying reality when a family getaway to a five-star resort ended with her mother – socialite Sheila von Weise-Mack – brutally bludgeoned to death.
And the biggest twist?
Mack was the one who orchestrated her mum’s demise.
Fast forward to the present and Mack, 28, has been sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her attorney, Michael Leonard, expects her to remain behind bars for roughly 20 years.
Before her sentence was read on Wednesday, Mack apologised to her mother's siblings.
"It breaks my heart, hearing you cry," she told her aunt,who was visibly distressed as the victim statement was being read out.
"There's no excuse for trying to harm her," Mack said. "I miss and love my mother."
When handing down her sentence, US District Judge Matthew Kennelly said, "This was a brutal and premeditated crime."
In addition to Mack's prison term, Judge Kennelly ordered her to pay a $50,000 fine and $262,708 in restitution to her mother's estate.
Mack and her mother had always had a tumultuous relationship, which became more strained after the death of Heather's father – renowned musician and composer James Mack – in 2006.