The wife of recently acquitted George Zimmerman, who was charged with the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin, Shellie Zimmerman, has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of perjury in Florida.
Reportedly, Shellie told a judge during her husband’s bail hearing in April 2012 that the family was destitute. It was later discovered that George Zimmerman actually had around $135,000 to his name at the time.
Shellie will be required to file a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester and will be placed on probation for one year.
Perjury Charges in Arizona
In Arizona, perjury is defined by A.R.S. 13-2702 as a person making either:
- A false unsworn declaration, verification, statement, or certificate in regard to a material issue that the person subscribes as true under penalty of perjury, believing it to be false.
- A false sworn statement in regard to a material issue, believing it to be false.
Perjury is typically charged as class 4 felony in AZ.
Though Shellie Zimmerman was able to get off with a misdemeanor charge, perjury is charged as a felony in Arizona and can come with large fines and prison time.