LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman sentenced to prison after telling police she dug up her father’s grave in search of his “real will” but found only vodka and cigarettes has been released early.

Melanie Nash was sentenced to 1 ½ to three years in May 2015. She said she dug up the Colebrook grave “with respect” and her father “would be okay with it.”

The Caledonian Record reports ( the 54-year-old Nash was freed last month. A co-defendant, 39-year-old Michael Day, was released on parole in May. Both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, interfering with a cemetery, and other charges.

A Corrections Department spokesman didn’t have more details on their release.

Police said Nash felt she was shorted in her share of the inheritance after her father, businessman Eddie Nash, died in 2004.


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