Despite Conviction and Sentencing, Martha Stewart Products Selling Well

Martha Stewart was convicted for lying about a stock sale, and now she's going to prison for it. A federal judge sentenced Stewart to five months in prison, five months of home confinement, two years probation and a $30,000 fine. But she hasn't been taken into custody yet. The judge stayed her sentence pending an appeal, a process that could take many months.

"I'll be back," Stewart said. "Whatever I have to face, I'm not afraid."

A jury found Stewart guilty of making false statements and obstructing justice after she acted on a secret stock tip. She dumped almost 4,000 shares of ImClone stock just before the price plunged in 2001.

Now that the famous home maker will be serving time in prison, Martha Stewart's home goods are flying off the shelves. We spent some time at Kmart today where Stewart's line is sold, and store managers told us her products have been in high demand ever since the happy homemaker was indicted.

"I think a lot of women out there think that she makes a good product, has a lot of great ideas and like the look of the merchandise that she has," said store manager Evelyn Day.

While sales on her home goods remain positive, some of the opinions about this homemaking diva are not. "I think she deserves some time, a little bit at least," said customer Amy Mayhue.

Others are sympathetic.

"I'm upset about it, but she makes good products and I'm glad it's just a little time and she'll be out to make more products," said shopper Johnette Hughes.

Despite opinions on Stewart's prison sentence, customers still feel her items are top quality. It doesn't seem to matter which item she sells, but ever since Martha Stewart was indicted her items have been selling very well. As a matter of fact, they've been selling right off the shelves.

"I think the rush was probably when she first was indicted," said manager Day. "I don't know if we'll have such a rush now that she got sentenced today, I think her product will still sell whether she does time or not."

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com