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Wife of George Zimmerman gets probation in perjury plea deal

Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

SANFORD, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Shelley Zimmerman, the wife of the man acquitted of killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was put on probation after pleading guilty to perjury Wednesday.

The plea deal allowed her to admit to a lesser form of perjury and avoid a felony conviction, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Zimmerman had been accused of lying in court during a bond hearing for her husband, George Zimmerman, after he had been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Martin in a gated community in Sanford.

The original charge, perjury during an official proceeding, was a first-degree felony that carried a possible five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

Shelley Zimmerman, a nursing student, would have been banned from applying for a nursing license for three years as a convicted felon.

The charge she pleaded to, perjury but not an official proceeding, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

She also will have to perform 100 hours of community service.

Her husband, who maintained he shot the unarmed 17-year-old Martin in self-defense, was not present in court.

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