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No jail time for wife of George Zimmerman after pleading guilty to perjury

By Mason White 11:36 AM August 29, 2013
Shellie Zimmerman 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) After the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the Zimmerman family has been a big part of the news.

Now, Shellie Zimmerman , wife of George Zimmerman, pleaded guilty to perjury.

Shellie Zimmerman was accused of lying under oath when she was asked about the family’s financials.

Shellie Zimmerman was originally charged with a third-degree felony, and she faced a five-year jail sentence. Instead, she agreed to plead guilty to a lesser crime, a misdemeanor perjury charge.

She was sentenced to serve one year probation. She is required to do 100 hours of community service and pay court costs. She must also write an apology letter within 30 days to Judge Kenneth Lester, who presided over the case of her husband at the time when she committed perjury.

Prosecutors said Shellie Zimmerman lied about their finances. She claimed they did not have money when George Zimmerman actually had about $135,000 at the time.

Phone calls from jail recorded between the pair caught the two speaking in code about their finances. The wife then transferred money out of her husband’s bank account.

The conviction of Shellie Zimmerman came a day after her husband’s lawyer revealed his plans to submit a request to the state of Florida for reimbursement of expenses he incurred during the trial.

Under Florida law, a defendant who is acquitted is not responsible for court costs, provided that a judge consents to the reimbursement. Costs may include money spent by the witnesses, travel expenses and fees for transcripts, but do not include attorney fees.