Wearing her orange prison jumpsuit, Kaitlyn Hunt engaged in a wide ranging conversation on Tuesday, a few days after accepting a plea deal that will get her out of jail before Christmas.
"I feel relieved a little bit that everything is over and I'm not still going through this crazy thing," she said.
Beyond the Free Kate bracelets, and the Free Kate websites, sits a 19 year-old Sebastian girl who claimed she didn't now she was breaking the law having a then 14 year-old girlfriend.
"I didn't know why I was in trouble, I didn't really know. She was that person I could go to when I was upset or needed someone to talk to," said Hunt.
Hunt said it was overwhelming and shocking to see her story explode in social media.
Prosecutors, and the victim's family, contended this case was not about same sex relationships but underage relationships.
Hunt said the first night she spent in jail was probably her lowest point.
"I was pretty shaken up. I was confused. I was scared," said Hunt.
Hunt and her defense team rejected the first plea deal prosecutors offered, and had a second one rescinded after it was revealed Katliyn had still been in contact with the victim through thousands of explicit text messages.
"I do regret it because I trusted her as not only my friend but my girlfriend too. I felt I got set up in multiple ways and I got hurt by her," said Hunt.
Hunt added she still cares about the younger girl as a person but does not love her the way she did before.
She says family support has kept her going and she wishes she had a chance to talk with the other girl's parents.
"I would have respected their wishes and I would have sat down with them and had a conversation with them and it would have been different," said Hunt.
When asked if an apology is in order, Hunt paused.
"Man, I don't know how to answer that. To their family no," she said firmly.
Kaitlyn Hunt gets out of jail December 20th. She will serve three years probation including two years of house arrest. She plans to stay in the area and go back to school in January to pursue a career in nursing.
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