- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest.

The 26-year-old aspiring nurse was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service, The Associated Press reported.

Mrs. Zimmerman had been charged with felony perjury after she lied about the couple’s assets following her husband’s arrest for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutor John Guy said he agreed to the lesser charge because Mrs. Zimmerman didn’t have a prior criminal record and the deal would allow her to pursue her career, the AP reported.

As part of the deal, she wrote a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester, who presided over last year’s bail hearing, the report said.

“By lying under oath, I let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down, I let my family and friends down, and, most of all, I let myself down,” Mrs. Zimmerman wrote in the letter.