A Colombian judge just yesterday signed off on a six year deal for the 22-year-old South Australian, after her confession to attempting to smuggle 6kg of cocaine out of Bogota in April.
However, despite the six year sentence, Sainsbury could be out in less than two if she behaves well behind bars.
Orlando Herron, Sainsbury's defence attorney says: 'Is she lucky to get a deal like this? Yes, because the amount of drugs is very, very big.'
The Australian Government reportedly won't pay Sainsbury's hefty fine for the drug offence, but 7 News reports the first round of taxpayer dollars was sent to her Colombian lawyer in the past fortnight.
The total cost for five months' worth of legal defence now totals to more than $100,000.
Sainsbury is now a convicted drug smuggler who has escaped decades in jail thanks to the Australian public's help.
It's not the first time Australians have paid for legal defences for those facing jail time overseas.
Convicted drug smugglers Schapelle Corby, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran also had part of their legal bills covered by the taxpayers under the same scheme, which supports Australians facing serious charges overseas and more than 20 years' jail time.