UPDATE: Bethany Storro has entered a not guilty plea to three charges of 2nd degree theft. Storro, whose face appeared bright red and severely burned, was surrounded by police and court personnel at the time of her appearance. Storro will be processed at the Clark County Jail and released to continue rehabilitation at her home.
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- The Oregon woman who doused her own face with acid and then went on a shopping spree with the donations meant to aid her recovery will face a judge Wednesday.
Bethany Storro, charged with stealing thousands from good Samaritans, could face up to five months in jail for the jaw-dropping hoax. Though her father has promised the money will be repaid, her attorney has said that that she will plead not guilty.
Storro, 28, was once thought to be the victim of a heartless crime after she told authorities in August that a black woman had splashed her face with acid for no reason. Days after the "attack," Storro made a seemingly brave public appearance from the hospital, her face covered in bandages, telling her audience, "Once it hit me I could hear bubbling and sizzling in my skin." But as her story began to unravel, Storro confessed to police that there hadn't been an attack -- that she put the acid on her own face, first to kill herself, then to cause injuries so severe it would warrant surgery to give her a new face.
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