Breana Harmon Talbott, a white teenager from Denison, Texas indicted on three felony counts for conjuring up a story about being sexually assaulted and kidnapped, was sentenced to probation.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to falsifying a story claiming that three Black men kidnapped and raped her last year. The jury reportedly found her guilty on four different charges including tampering with evidence and tampering with a government record in Grayson County district court in February. The charges followed a 2017 investigation after Denison police received a phone call from a man claiming to be her fiance, stated that Harmon was missing. After officers investigated her case, they concluded that no crime had taken place.
Harmon was sentenced Tuesday (Mar. 23) to 8 years of probation and to pay over $8,000 in restitution plus another $2,000 in court fines KXII reports. She originally faced up to 10 years in prison along with a $10,000 fine.
The 19-year-old left the courtroom with a slap on the wrist and a few locals believe the sentence should have been much harsher according to the news outlet.
Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler stated, “We want everyone to realize there are consequences if a false report is made, and we hope this serves as a reminder to people that this is an example of what could happen.”