A Northern California woman is being sent back to prison after having already serving time for crimes committed against a high-profile fast-food burger chain.
Anna Ayala, also known as the chili-finger lady, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2005 for planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili. She is said to have planted the severed finger in hopes that the restaurant would pay her millions of dollars in compensation.
Ayala, 47, was convicted in her court case and sentenced to four years in prison. She was released after serving her sentence, but just a few years later the chili-finger lady is back at it again.
In October 2012, she was arrested again after telling police that her son had been shot by two men. That report turned out to be yet another lie.
According to the initial report by the Mercury News, Ayala explained to the police that she lied in an effort to protect her son, who was facing a charge of felony possession of a firearm after he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
The chili-finger lady reportedly gave an elaborate story to the police about a fake shooting and how her son was shot. She even testified that she knew who was responsible for the shooting.
As police followed up with an actual investigation, even going on to question a number of men, they eventually came to the conclusion that the entire story was a lie and placed Ayala under arrest. She pleaded no contest to three felony charges, which include a false police report, being an accessory to a felony, and possession of a felony firearm.
Ayala will return to prison until an official sentencing hearing in September when she will find out how long her prison term will be. Ayala was facing up to four years in prison, but the judge is reported to be likely to give a lower sentence as the woman did not contest the charges and cooperated fully once she was caught.
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