George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty to lying in court last year. The Florida woman received probation for one year and 100 hours of community service. She's also required to write an apology to the judge to whom she lied during the course of her husband's highly publicized trial.
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George Zimmerman's wife, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to perjury, was channeling hit country song "Stand by Your Man" when she lied to a Florida court about the couple's finances after Zimmerman's arrest for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, her lawyer said.
The lawyer, Kelly Sims, spoke to reporters after Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of perjury for lying in a bond hearing last year.
Shellie Zimmerman told the 2012 hearing the couple was essentially destitute, even though they had accumulated about $135,000 between them through contributions to an online legal defense fund, prosecutors said.
Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in Sanford accepted a deal in which Shellie Zimmerman agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor perjury rather than the original charge of felony perjury in an official proceeding.
She was ordered to serve one year of probation, perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester, in whose court the perjury occurred.
Sims said Shellie Zimmerman was scared and caught off guard when she was asked in court about the couple's ability to make bond.
"So she stood by her man like Tammy Wynette," Sims said, referring to the singer's hit single "Stand by Your Man."
In her one-page apology to Judge Lester, Zimmerman acknowledged that she had lied in claiming that she and her husband were destitute.