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Runaway bride still running

UPI News Service, 04/30/2006 

The former Duluth, Ga., woman who became famous for disappearing four days before her planned wedding last year has sold her story for $500,000.

Jennifer Wilbanks, 33, was to wed John Mason -- a member of one of Duluth's most prominent families -- in the presence of 14 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen and 600 guests. At the time, friends and family discounted the possibility that pre-wedding jitters prompted her to take off, and many feared the worst, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Vigils were held, searches took place, and then Wilbanks surfaced in Albuquerque, N.M. She said she had been overwhelmed by the wedding and escaped.

In the year since:

She paid Duluth $13,249, to compensate the city for the overtime paid to police officers and other employees who searched for her.

A Gwinnett County judge found her guilty of lying to police. In June, she was sentenced to two years probation and 120 hours of community service.

She was ordered to pay $2,650 in restitution to the state and still owes $1,370.

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