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The Zimmerman’s Are In The News Again

Shellie Zimmerman  Sentenced  for Misdemeanor Perjury Charge.

Over the last 19 months the Zimmerman’s have spent their fair share of time in the public eye.  Although George Zimmerman has been acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, the family is back in the news.   This time Shellie Zimmerman, George’s wife, is the focus.  In just a few weeks time she was sentenced for perjury charges,  filed for divorce, and called 911 for domestic violence. 

In an effort to get her husband released on a lower bond, Shellie Zimmernan lied about the couple’s assets.

According to an Associated Press articles on September 5, “George Zimmerman’s wife filed for divorce Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

Shellie Zimmerman made the decision because of “disappointment,” her attorney, Kelly Sims, wrote Thursday in a short email to The Associated Press. The 26-year-old Zimmerman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week that she was having serious doubts about remaining married.

The interview came just after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband’s arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Her husband, who was acquitted on second-degree murder and other charges in July, wasn’t in the Sanford, Fla., courtroom as she was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service – even though she supported him and lied about their finances.”

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There was a call made to 911 by Shellie Zimmerman, just this week, accusing her estranged husband of threatening her with a gun and punching her father in the nose.  She later changed her story and decided not to press charges.  Prosecutors could still press charges based on the videos from the home and the squad cars that responded to the call.  You can read more about the 911 call in the Associated Press article dated September 9.

Chances are we have not heard the last of the Zimmerman family.

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