GLENDALE — Nancy Salas, the former UCLA student who sparked a massive police search in May after faking her own disappearance, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Salas, 22, appeared before Merced County Superior Court Judge Glenn Ritchey and changed her not-guilty plea to no contest to a misdemeanor charge of providing a false report to police, said her attorney, Jeffrey Tenenbaum. Ritchey sentenced her to unsupervised probation and community service, which she will be allowed to complete in Glendale.
"She understands what she did was wrong," Tenenbaum said.
Salas was also ordered to pay $878 to the Glendale Police Department for the rape and medical exam performed after she claimed she was sexually assaulted, Tenenbaum said.
In response to the court order, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said his department would welcome any restitution for a case that sapped the resources of dozens of officers over a two-day period.