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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 30, 2012.
By United Press International

Counter-claim filed agains 'runaway bride'

ATANTA, Ga., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Public speculation is that the wide-eyed runaway bride will not garner much sympathy from a jury in her legal battles over money with her former fiance.

Runaway bride wedding apparently off

DULUTH, Ga., May 19 (UPI) -- Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, who left her fiance at the Duluth, Ga., altar last year, apparently won't be walking down the aisle with him anytime soon.

Runaway bride cashes in on story deal

DULUTH, Ga., June 16 (UPI) -- Georgia's so-called runaway bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, has sold the rights to her story of getting cold feet before her wedding for production of a TV movie.

Runaway bride agrees to pay search costs

DULUTH, Ga., May 31 (UPI) -- Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has reportedly agreed to pay the city of Duluth, Ga., more than $13,000 for expenses incurred during the search for her.

Runaway bride indicted on two counts

DULUTH, Ga., May 25 (UPI) -- A Gwinnett County, Ga., grand jury has indicted the "runaway bride" on felony and misdemeanor charges of making false statements.

Runaway bride enters treatment center

GAINESVILLE, Ga., May 10 (UPI) -- Jennifer Wilbanks, the Georgia woman who fled to New Mexico just before her wedding, has admitted herself to a medical treatment center.

Runaway bride may face charges

GAINESVILLE, Ga., May 9 (UPI) -- Gwinnett County, Ga., District Attorney Danny Porter says he is examining evidence for possible charges against runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks.

Runaway bride in hiding, wedding postponed

ATLANTA, May 1 (UPI) -- Instead of being at her wedding reception, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks returned to Duluth, Ga., Saturday evening and was taken to an undisclosed location.

Bride admits she fled, wasn't abducted

ALBUQUERQUE, April 30 (UPI) -- A woman who disappeared days before her wedding was found safe in New Mexico Saturday, saying she hadn't been abducted as feared, but ran away on her own.

Bride-to-be still missing after three days

DULUTH, Ga., April 29 (UPI) -- The family of a bride-to-be missing since Tuesday night in Duluth, Ga., said Friday it is offering a $100,000 reward for information.
Wiki

The runaway bride case was the case of Jennifer Carol Wilbanks (born March 1, 1973), an American who ran away from home on April 26, 2005, in order to avoid her wedding with John Mason, her fiancé, on April 30. Her disappearance from Duluth, Georgia, sparked a nationwide search and intensive media coverage, including some media speculation that Mason had killed her. On April 29, Wilbanks called Mason from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and falsely claimed that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a Hispanic male and a white woman.

Wilbanks gained notoriety in the United States and internationally, and her story persisted as a major topic of national news coverage for some time after she was found and her safety was assured. Many critics of the mass media attacked this as a "media circus". Howard Kurtz, an influential media critic for the Washington Post and CNN-TV, wrote that the runaway bride had become a "runaway television embarrassment," and he compared the story to a TV soap opera.

Wilbanks's repeating of the false claims to investigating police officers resulted in a felony indictment against her of giving false information to the police, a charge that could have resulted in up to five years of imprisonment. On June 2, 2005, Wilbanks pleaded no contest to this charge. As part of her plea bargain, she was sentenced to two years of probation and 120 hours of community service, and she was also ordered to pay $2,250 in restitution to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department. Also as part of the plea bargain, a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report was dismissed. Wilbanks's criminal record will be expunged if she successfully completes her period of probation.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jennifer Wilbanks."
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