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Nov 18, 2013 10:38 AM by AP

Woman who burned herself in hoax pleads guilty

WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - Sharmeka Moffitt, who set herself on fire and afterward claimed she was attacked by three men in white hoodies more than a year ago, pleaded guilty to one count of false swearing and one count of terrorizing in Winnsboro.

The News-Star reports Moffitt's attorney, Rob Kordish of Rayville, contacted District Attorney Mack Lancaster to tell him Moffitt was ready to get the incident behind her.

Moffitt was booked on the two charges in April in connection with the October 2012 incident.

Moffitt was sentenced Friday to five years on each of the counts, but the sentences were suspended. She will serve four years of supervised probation and pay a $1,000 fine, $500 in fees and court costs.

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