'B' Hoaxer Avoids Jail Sentence

McCain volunteer who lied about mugging agrees to counseling
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 3:22 PM CDT
Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old college student from College Station, Texas, right, is buckled into a police car by a detective in Pittsburgh, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.    (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – The woman who claimed a Barack Obama supporter carved a “B” into her cheek has agreed to probation and counseling and won't serve time, the AP reports. Ashley Todd was released from jail in Pittsburgh today, and her record will be scrubbed clean if she completes a psychiatric treatment program, the AP reports. "Our focus was really, 'This is somebody who appeared to have some mental issues,'" the prosecutor said.