Sara Ylen, 38, has been sentenced to at least five years in prison after filing a false report of rape just days after pleading no contest in a cancer scam case.
Ylen was accused of fabricating a story about two men attacking her at her Lexington home in 2012. The false police report claimed that a construction company owner and a mental health worker raped her in her home after she drove her children to school. The men attended the same church as her ex-husband. Ylen was also convicted of tampering with evidence by using makeup to create what looked like bruises.
Her sentencing in the false rape report case by St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly exceeds guidelines.
Judge Kelly stated it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to any less, reports The Huffington Post.
The strict sentencing comes as a result of Ylen's lack of credibility.
For two years Ylen accepted thousands of dollars from supporters and was treated by a hospice service after claiming to have end-stage cervical cancer that had spread throughout her entire body. After state police found no evidence that confirmed her cancer diagnosis, Ylen pleaded no contest to fraud, reports Boston.com.
"This is a tormented and disturbed woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to wreak havoc upon other individuals, potentially subjecting them to life in prison in order to gain sympathy and notoriety for herself," Judge Kelly said Friday.
Ylen was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison for the false rape report and a minimum of three years for evidence tampering. Boston.com reports the sentences will run consecutive, and her eventual release will be determined by the state parole board.
Ylen's attorney, David Heyboer, said a year in the local jail would have been enough. Ylen declined to speak in court.
Prosecutor Suzette Samuels views Ylen's sentencing as "justice in its best form."
This is not the first time Ylen has been in the public eye.
In 2003 she agreed to be featured in "Sara's Story," an award-winning series in the Port Huron Times Herald. Ylen shared a story about being raped in daylight in the parking lot of a major retailer in 2001. Her alleged attacker, James Grissom, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
Grissom was released from prison in 2012 after a judge threw out his rape conviction when new evidence surfaced discrediting Ylen.
Ylen's time in court is not over.
On February 19 she will be sentenced in the fake cancer case.