Katie Wilson arrested, jailed over mistake

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By Mecca Rayne

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/CNN) - A grandmother in Colorado Springs was arrested and thrown into jail for five days.

But as it turned out, it was all a big mistake.

Katie Wilson doesn't look like the kind of person you would expect to see in jail. She didn't expect it either.

"I was terrified. I was shaking uncontrollably. I wasn't even aware that I was crying. Tears were just pouring down my face, I was a mess," she said.

A crime from 35 years ago came back to haunt her. State documents from Florida show Katie Wilson was arrested for credit card fraud in Orange County, Florida in 1976. She says she didn't know the woman she was traveling with used stolen credit cards. She didn't fight the charge.

"I was sentenced to probation, did my probation, completed everything appropriately," she said.

She moved on with her life, or so she thought. Somehow, a few weeks ago, a warrant from Orange County was activated for violating probation. The Orange County Sheriff's Office contacted Springs police and Wilson was arrested, her husband left behind.

"All I could do was just dedicate myself to saving her, and that's what I did. I didn't eat, I didn't sleep, and we got her back," said her husband, Jim.

Springs police say they were just doing their job, they were obligated to arrest her.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is looking into why the arrest warrant was issued.


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