Just after being sentenced to a year's probation for a misdemeanor perjury charge, the wife of George Zimmerman sat down with reporter Christi O'Connor to talk about her marriage to the acquitted killer.
Miss O'Connor told ABC News that in the "stunning" hourlong interview, Shellie Zimmerman said her husband has "beaten down her self-esteem," but she is "looking forward to getting her life back."
"She has a moment in the spotlight. She wants everyone to know that she changed her life," Miss O'Connor said, adding that the trial put a major strain on the couple's relationship.
"It put great stress on their marriage," she said. "Constantly having to move. She got threats. A lot of threats. She doesn't want to reveal from who.... They are constantly living under fear of being attacked."
Mrs. Zimmerman refused to answer if she was planning on staying with her husband. Later, she said wanted to have children, but when the interviewer asked her, "With George?" she responded, "That's something I'm going to have to think about," the Daily Mail reported.
Miss O'Connor also suggested there was evidence in the trial that was mishandled, claiming "there were so many untruths told. ... What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict."
Mrs. Zimmerman, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse, will also have to serve 100 hours of community service after she lied about the couple's assets following her husband's arrest for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
As part of the deal, she wrote a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester, who presided over last year's bail hearing, the Associated Press reported.
"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.
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