(CBS/AP/KREM) VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington woman Bethany Storro, whose acid attack hoax raked in country-wide sympathy and $28,000 from charities and fundraisers, was sentenced to mental health treatment Friday after pleading guilty to making a false statement to a public official.
Three theft charges were dropped, and Storro was instead sentenced only for lying to authorities in the plea deal, CBS affiliate KREM reports. According to the New York Daily News, the theft charges were dropped when Storro returned the $28,000 in charity donations.
Storro originally claimed that a strange woman had thrown a cup of acid in her face August 30 in Vancouver Park, only to later admit that she'd disfigured herself with drain cleaner. According to a police affidavit, the self-mutilation was apparently part of a suicide attempt.
Storro made a statement of apology in Clark County Superior Court, reportedly saying that she was genuinely sorry. The 28 year-old, who painted her imaginary attacker as a black woman, has also apologized to the African-American community.
Storro must also repay roughly $4,000 of police overtime.