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Jessica Colotl released from jail Monday night

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The former Kennesaw State student who sparked an immigration debate was released from jail Monday night.

On Nov. 11, 2010, Jessica Colotl was found guilty of driving without a license.

In court Monday morning, the state moved to enforce her sentence and the court upheld the ruling.

Colotl was released from jail at 8:30 p.m. following 11 hours already served in custody.

Colotl's attorney asked that, instead of jail time, she be allowed to sit in court for the next 11 hours, or "some other arrangement."

The state objected.

Judge Kathryn Tanksley said, "This court does not allow people to sit in court for custody time. That is not custody. I consider the court room especially a place of no custody, it's a free place. So that will not be possible."

Colotl was sentenced to 12 months, three days to be served in custody, with a $1,000 fine, and 20 hours of community service. The rest of her sentence will be served as probation in Cobb County. Her three days in court was reduced to just one-and-a-half days.

A Cobb County law enforcement official said Colotl does not face any threat of deportation.

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