A woman in Lenoir City, Tennessee is headed to jail because of her messy, overgrown yard.
According to Knoxville’s WVLT, Karen Holloway was cited by the city last summer for her failure to maintain a neat and orderly yard. She received a citation in the mail, but was too consumed with other things to pay it much mind.
“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” said Holloway.
The working mom said that she would be the first to admit that the yard around their house could use some maintenance, but she was utterly shocked on Monday when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence.
“It’s not right,” Holloway said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters, and people who’ve done real crimes, because I haven’t maintained my yard.”
Holloway made an additional appearance before Judge Vann to plead for clemency. Vann reduced her sentence to six hours in the county jail, but would not dismiss the charges altogether, nor would he allow her to serve the time by performing community service.
She turned herself in to authorities at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
This was not the first time that she has been served with code violation citations, she told WVLT. When her husband was stationed overseas, she fell behind on the yard work due to “personal, family issues.”
“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” Holloway said.