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Susan Lukjan granted shock probation

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- The woman sentenced to 12 years for setting her St. Matthews business on fire is out of jail Friday night after serving less than a year behind bars.

Susan Lukjan was sentenced in July for burning down Campbell's Gourmet Cottage to collect an insurance settlement.

She was released from the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex on shock probation.

Lukjan has already been offered a job by a former co-worker who has opened a new store, Cooking at the Cottage.

""We're just happy to help Susan out. Susan knows the retail end of it and my wife knows the cooking end of it. With Susan on board my wife can relax because she feels comfortable with Susan," said Mark Bayens, friend of Lukjan.

Lukjan will be on probation for five years.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A woman found guilty of setting her Saint Matthew business has been granted shock probation, according to court documents.

In July, Susan Lukjan was sentenced to 12 years for burning down her business, Campbell's Gourmet Cottage, to collect an insurance settlement. She's appealing her conviction, and last month, Lukjan asked the Judge Audra Eckerle to grant her the same deal she was offered before deciding to go to trial.

If she had pleaded guilty, she would be on probation at home.

This morning, Judge Eckerle gave Lukjan what she wanted.

"The Court has carefully considered and thoroughly reviewed its file and the arguments of counsel," the judge's order states. "Having considered all of the information presented, the Court will grant the Defendant's motion for shock probation."

Click HERE to view the judge's ruling.

Within 48 hours of her release from jail, Lukjan must meet with the Division of Probation and Parole. She is expected to be on parole for five years.

Lukjan's lawyer, Thomas Clay, says she's expected to be released from the Daviess County Detention Center and says she should be home by this weekend.

Clay says she will work for a similar cooking store that is owned by a friend.

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