Source: Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel
SANFORD — Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, admitted Wednesday that she had committed perjury to help her husband get out of jail and agreed to a plea deal that requires her to serve a year of probation.
Shellie Zimmerman had been charged with felony perjury, which carried a possible sentence of five years in prison. Instead, she negotiated a a deal to plead guilty to a less serious crime — misdemeanor perjury.
She was composed during her 10-minute hearing, answering questions from Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in a clear, confident voice, saying, “Yes, ma’am,” when asked if she understood what she was doing.
She did not apologize in court, but in a letter to Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., the judge to whom she was untruthful, she wrote, “By lying under oath, I let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down, I let my family and my friends down, and most of all, I let myself down. In the future, no matter what the consequences, I will tell the truth because in the end all you have is your integrity.”
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