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Old 05-18-2005, 10:43 PM
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I agree with that too. She put alot of things out of whack on this.
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Old 05-25-2005, 03:50 PM
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Runaway Bride Indicted

May 25, 2005

(CBS/AP) Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks was indicted Wednesday for allegedly filing a false police report claiming she had been kidnapped, charges that could mean up to six years in prison.

A grand jury indicted the 32-year-old woman on one count of making a false police report, a misdemeanor, and one count of false statement, a felony. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter. The other count carries a penalty of up
to a year.

"We believe this is a reasonable next step in the case. We believe the grand jury made the right decision," Porter said.

"At some point you just can't lie to the police," he said.

This indictment does not rule out a possible plea agreement to lesser charges, Porter said. Authorities had said they were talking to the Wilbanks family about a possible deal.

"This case is all about symbolism and about the law enforcement community using this high-profile story to remind citizens about how bad an idea it is to lie to the police about anything," says CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. "And now that this has been done I expect a deal within a fairly short time.

"This isn't the sort of case you bring to trial. Instead of jail, and in addition to a fine and community service, she ought to be forced to endlessly watch reruns of the cable television coverage of her disappearance," says Cohen.

Wilbanks' attorney, Lydia Sartain, has said she does not think Wilbanks committed a crime in Gwinnett County. Authorities in Albuquerque had said they would not charge Wilbanks.

"The citizens of the county will be ill-served by an attempted prosecution," Sartain said before Wednesday's charges were announced. She did not return a phone call seeking further comment Wednesday morning.

Wilbanks, 32, disappeared from her Duluth home on April 26 after claiming that she was going for a jog.

While Georgia authorities looked for her, the woman traveled to Las Vegas by bus and then to Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, she called authorities with a story about having been abducted and sexually assaulted.

But under questioning, she recanted and said she fled Georgia because of unspecified personal issues. She returned to Georgia on April 30, the day she was to have been married in a lavish ceremony with 600 guests.

Wilbanks has since checked into an inpatient medical treatment program to deal with what a spokesperson calls "physical and mental issues."

Porter has said Wilbanks could face a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report or a felony charge of making false statements for telling authorities she had been kidnapped. Wilbanks' lawyer has said she doesn't think her client should be charged with a crime.

Her disappearance prompted a massive search and nationwide publicity. City, county and state officials spent about $50,000 looking for her.

Several state and county agencies already said they will not ask her to reimburse them for a total of $10,000 spent in additional search costs. But the city of Duluth still is seeking repayment of about $40,000 and Mayor Shirley Lassetter said her city attorney has been in negotiations with Wilbanks' attorney, Lydia Sartain.

Sartain has said she does not think Wilbanks committed a crime in Gwinnett County. Authorities in Albuquerque have already said they will not charge Wilbanks.

"The citizens of the county will be ill-served by an attempted prosecution," Sartain said.

Sartain did not immediately return a phone call or e-mail seeking comment on Wednesday.

Wilbanks' has had previous brushes with the law. She was charged with shoplifting on three occasions in the 1990s, including one case in which she allegedly swiped $1,740 in merchandise from a mall, according to court records.

Wilbanks also served two weekends in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting $98 in merchandise from a store in 1998, according to court records. And in 1996, she was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly taking $37 in merchandise from a Wal-Mart in Gainesville, Ga.

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Old 05-26-2005, 03:26 AM
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Hurray for the Grand Jury! Running away as an adult is not a crime, it is a inconsiderate act to put your family, fiance, friends, etc in such distraught situation. But to accuse innocent people of kidnapping you...Now lets hope that the judicial system works as well. Stop with the pity, pay the cost and do community service instead of sitting in jail costing GA taxpayers more money! jmho
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:09 PM
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IMO, this is not enough! She should pay the FULL amount!

Runaway Bride Agrees to Pay Search Costs

May 31, 6:21 PM (ET)

By DANIEL YEE

ATLANTA (AP) - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has agreed to pay $13,250 to the city of Duluth, Ga., to help pay for the costs the city incurred searching for her, the mayor said Tuesday.

The city attorney notified Mayor Shirley Lasseter that a written agreement for compensation had been reached. The city was expected to receive a check from Wilbanks on Tuesday, Lasseter said.

In accepting the agreement, the city will have to write off about $30,000 in other costs searching for the bride-to-be, who disappeared April 26, four days before her planned wedding.

"We're very appreciative they were willing to give us the $13,000. We would have certainly welcomed the entire amount that covered all of our employees but we are ready to get this behind us," Lasseter said.

Wilbanks was indicted last Wednesday on charges she told police a phony story about being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. She was charged with making a false statement and making a false police report.

She could get up to six years behind bars and $11,000 in fines if convicted. She could also be ordered to reimburse authorities, though several state and county agencies have said they will not ask Wilbanks to reimburse them for search costs.

Wilbanks, a nurse, disappeared from her Duluth home on April 26 and took a bus to Las Vegas and then Albuquerque, N.M., where she called authorities with a story about having been abducted. She later recanted and said she fled because of unspecified personal issues.

She returned to Georgia on April 30 and has since entered into psychiatric treatment. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter previously said he will wait until she completes treatment before asking her to turn herself in.

A call to Wilbanks' attorney, Lydia Sartain, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.

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I am SO PEEVED at the slap on the wrist she was given!!!



Runaway Bride Cops Plea

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., June 2, 2005

(CBS/AP) With her once-jilted fiancé at her side, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony count of making a false statement.

Wilbanks, whose disappearance before her wedding in April created a nationwide sensation, was indicted last week on charges of making a false statement and making a false police report.

"I'm truly sorry for my actions and I just want to thank Gwinnett County and the city of Duluth," a crying Wilbanks told the judge.

The felony charge of making a false statement carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison. But the judge sentenced Wilbanks to two years of probation and 120 hours of community service. He also ordered her to continue mental health treatment and pay the sheriff's office $2,550.

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

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

"This case is all about symbolism and about the law enforcement community using this high-profile story to remind citizens about how bad an idea it is to lie to the police about anything," says CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen.

Wilbanks was wearing a black outfit and running shoes as she arrived at the Gwinnett County courthouse Thursday to accept the plea. Her fiancé John Mason, whom she was to have married April 30 in a lavish ceremony, was by her side.

Wilbanks, a nurse, disappeared from her Duluth home on April 26 and took a bus to Las Vegas and then Albuquerque, N.M.

She initially claimed she was abducted and sexually assaulted, but later recanted and said she fled because of unspecified personal issues days before the high-profile wedding.

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Old 06-02-2005, 09:15 AM
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I know it's unbelievable! In FL a sexual predator has to report to his parole/probation officer 2x a year, a traffic offender every month! Tell me our judicial system isn't totally screwed up in the south!
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Old 06-04-2005, 06:25 PM
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I agree 100% she should have to do time or even better make her work for him for FREE and do community service at the battered women's shelter.
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Did you hear the latest, they are making a movie out of what happened and she is getting $500,000 for the movie and appearances on a few tv shows.!! Unbelievable!!

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Old 06-16-2005, 01:55 PM
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Don't you think it's just shameful how wrong conduct is rewarded?
What does this teach our children? That the more shocking, outrageous spectacle you can make of yourself can yield very little in recrimination but much in dollar signs!
They very planning a HUGE wedding before, now they'll have even more money, hmmm...maybe she should give it ALL to the police dept!

On a different note, I'm really surprised her fiancee' is still with her given the fact she contacted two ex-boyfriends while she was running....what's that about?

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Old 06-16-2005, 01:58 PM
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she contacted two ex-boyfriends while she was running...

REALLY???!!! I had not heard about that!

Details please!!!!!!
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