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
Notably absent from the courtroom was her husband, George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. A six-member Seminole County jury acquitted him of second-degree murder last month.
When asked why George Zimmerman was not in the courtroom for his wife's plea hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Kelly Sims would only say, "That's an excellent question."
In an interview aired on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer Wednesday night, Shellie Zimmerman said she felt "very much alone" because of her husband's lack of support.
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