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Local Woman Charged In Amber Alert Hoax Gets Suspended Jail Time

The Columbus woman convicted of falsifying  an Amber Alert so police would find her stolen car  has been given a 180 day suspended jail sentence. Jessica Pickett will also serve two years' probation and pay a 100 dollar fine.  Pickett told authorities last January her 4-year-old daughter was in the backseat of her car when it was stolen from behind her home. She later changed her story. The child was found in the care of a relative.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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