INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In a surprise announcement Friday, a controversial two-year-case ended with a plea agreement.
Bei Bei Shuai was charged with murder in 2011, after she took rat poison in an attempted suicide. She was pregnant at the time and her baby died.
Two and a half years later, she walked out of court a free woman.
Bei Bei Shuai was all smiles walking out of a courtroom Friday evening.
After two and half years of legal proceedings, and over a year in jail, it was suddenly all over.
"There's a lot of regret, a lot of happiness, a lot of miserable moments but I never regret fighting until today and I met Linda and everyone, thank you," said Shuai.
Linda Pence is Shuai's defense attorney who championed her release. Pence said from the beginning, Shuai's case should not be criminal and should've never even been filed.
"This woman was in the throes of depression, which is not unusual for pregnant women. She attempted to commit suicide, which is a lawful act in Indiana and then what she was charged with is somehow separately terminating her pregnancy. That's an abortion, and that's legal," said Pence.
In the end, Shuai's initial two counts -- murder and attempted feticide -- were dismissed. She pled guilty to criminal recklessness, a misdemeanor that included no additional time in jail.
The case drew national attention, and Shuai drew a lot of supporters.
"From the beginning, even when I was in the jail I have a lot of supporters and they supported me a great deal because, while I was in the jail, my day was just really miserable and there was nothing to keep me going. I was really really depressed until I realized when I read the letters the supporters sent to me. And it just, it was a great encouragement," said Shuai.
Shuai says she'll now go back to work at a local restaurant.
Pence says there's also more work to be done in the legal system, to change what she calls Indiana's unclear laws.
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