Shellie Zimmerman — wife of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin — pleaded guilty to charges of perjury Wednesday for misleading a judge about the state of her family’s finances. According to CNN, Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to write a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester within 30 days and reimburse the court for legal costs.
She pleaded guilty to lying to Judge Lester in an April 2012 bond hearing in which she alleged that her family was indigent. In fact, the Zimmermans had more than $135,000 in donated defense fund money sitting in the bank at the time.
In pleading guilty to perjury rather than going to trial on the original third-degree felony charge of perjury in an official proceeding, Mrs. Zimmerman avoided much higher fines and possible prison time.
George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a six-member jury in July. His attorneys filed a reimbursement request with the state of Florida on Tuesday asking that the court costs of George Zimmerman’s defense be partially covered by the state. The suit will ask for between $200,000 and $300,000 in fees.
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