Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Felony
Jennifer Wilbanks, the infamous “Runaway Bride,” today pleaded “No Contest” to felony charges.
Choking up before a Georgia judge, “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks on Thursday pleaded no contest to a felony charge of making false statements to police. “I’m truly sorry for my actions,” Wilbanks told Gwinnett County Judge Ronnie Batchelor.
The judge sentenced her to two years of probation, 120 hours of community service and ordered that she continue mental health treatment. But Batchelor denied a request from Wilbanks’ attorney, Lydia Sartain, that the charge be considered a misdemeanor.
The arrangement apparently was a plea deal, in which a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report was dismissed.
The punishment sounds about right to me, although I’d have prefered to have seen her fined to cover at least some part of the expenses she generated as well.