A Tennessee women who fell behind on her yard work recently served jail time because of her untidy yard.
Lenoir City resident Karen Holloway said the issue started this summer when the city sent her a citation, claiming her yard wasn’t properly maintained.
"With my husband going to school and working full-time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best," she told Local 8 News.
Holloway, a mother of two, said she's received citations for her yard in the past when her husband was serving overseas in the military.
She admits her yard was overgrown this summer but that she didn’t deserve jail time.
"It's not right. Why would you put me in jail with child molesters, and people who've done real crimes, because I haven't maintained my yard?"
Judge Terry Vann heard the case last week and handed down a five-day jail sentence but amended it to six hours on Tuesday when Holloway turned herself in at the jail.
Holloway offered to do five days of community service in lieu of serving jail time, but Vann refused the offer.
"This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things," she said.
Judge Vann scheduled a follow-up hearing in November to check up on the progress of Holloway’s yard cleanup. He said he might add on more jail time if the city isn't satisfied with the state of her property.
This isn't the first time someone has served jail time for the state of their yard.
In 2012, a South Carolina woman was jailed after failing to pay a fine for her unkempt yard.
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