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Michigan woman who falsely claimed of being raped on college campus sentenced to jail

June 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Michigan woman who falsely claimed of being raped on college campus sentenced to jail Mary Zolwolski (Instagram)

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On Monday, Mary Zolkowski, the Michigan woman who lied about being raped at her college was sentenced to jail.

Zolkowski, 21, was sentenced to 45 days behind bars after entering a guilty plea to making up a story that she was raped in a parking lot at Delta College in Bay County, according to Mlive.com.

Judge Joseph Sheeran, who also required that the woman undergo a mental health assessment, did not provide Zolwolski with credit for time served.

Sheeran sentenced the woman to an additional 220 days in prison, which she’ll only serve if she violates probation. She will be required to be on probation for two years after she completes her sentence. Zolwolski will have to be tested for drugs and alcohol and participate in substance abuse counseling.

In March, Mary Zolwolski confessed to making up the rape, telling the judge: “I called Delta College and falsely reported the rape. My mother made the call and I took the phone to report.”

The woman told her mother she was sexually assaulted in a parking lot but never identified any suspects. She added that she was “assaulted previously, not at Delta’s campus,” and “was ashamed of the circumstances.”

Zolkowski originally gave conflicting accounts of what she said happened on campus.

She reportedly told authorities she was walking to her car when a man approached her from behind and raped her without a condom while grabbing her face and throat, and said that she only saw the man’s hands and he escaped in a car before she could see who he was.

Additionally, Mary Zolkowski declined to get a physical exam after the incident.

When detectives met with her a second time, Zolkowski said the suspect was an acquaintance and she was attacked at an apartment.

The student at the time was apologetic for her confusion, noting that she didn’t want to press charges. In another interview with authorities, Zolkowski altered her story again — telling officers she wanted to tell the man to stop during sex, but he ended it before she could do so.

Zolkowski, who pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a felony, faced up to four years behind bars and a $2,000 penalty.

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