McCain attack hoax suspect sentenced

May 22, 2009 7:17:41 AM PDT
A former John McCain campaign volunteer who falsely claimed she was attacked in Pittsburgh because she had the candidate's bumper sticker on her car has been sentenced to nine months of probation. Twenty-one-year-old Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, will enter the probation program for first-time offenders. An Allegheny County judge on Friday also ordered her to perform 50 hours of community service.

Police say Todd falsely claimed a Barack Obama supporter robbed and assaulted her near an automatic teller machine in Pittsburgh last October, scratching a "B" on her cheek in the process.

If she completes the program without incident, her arrest record will be expunged.

She didn't comment as she left the courtroom.

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