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Runaway Bride

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has pleaded no contest to a felony count of making a false statement to police.

With her once-jilted finace at her side, Wilbanks appeared at the Gwinnett County Courthouse this morning to enter her plea.

Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor sentenced her to two years of probation, 120 hours of community service and continuing mental health treatment.

Wilbanks's disappearance before her wedding in April created a nationwide sensation.

Wilbanks is accused of telling police a false story about being kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

She later recanted and said she fled because of unspecified personal issues days before a high-profile wedding. Wilbanks disappeared from her Duluth home on April 26 and took a bus to Las Vegas and then Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Family members have said she has been receiving psychiatric treatment at an unspecified facility.

On Tuesday, Wilbanks agreed to pay $13,250 to the city of Duluth to help pay for the overtime costs the city incurred searching for her.

Part of this morning's plea would require her to pay the sheriff's office another $2,550.

The felony charge carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


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