George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.
She will be placed on probation for one year and is required to file a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester.
George Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
She was composed during this morning’s 10-minute hearing. She answered questions from Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in a clear, confident voice, saying, “Yes, ma’am,” when asked if she understood what she was doing and believed it to be in her best interest.
There were only two unexpected bumps at the hearing: Defense attorney Kelly Sims asked the judge if his client could travel nationwide for a job while on probation. Alva said yes, so long as her probation officer authorized it.
It’s not clear what that job might be. Shellie Zimmerman did not answer questions after the hearing, and Sims would not provide details, saying only, “You must wait for the next chapter.”
Her deal requires her to perform 100 hours. Sims told the judge that his client wants to do that at her church, but Alva said Zimmerman must perform it at a place authorized by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Sims said he’d try to work out the details.
After the hearing, Sims called the overall plea deal “more than a triple. It’s a homerun.” It allows Shellie Zimmerman to move on with her life without a felony conviction on her record.