The local Alison Krauss impostor’s separate trial was rescheduled Tuesday in Washington County.
Peggy Sue Evers spoke out after the delay, saying she pleaded guilty to a crime she did not commit. Evers pleaded guilty in January to conning a 75-year-old Fayetteville man by pretending to be country singer Alison Krauss.
She was put on probation after her plea.
“I pleaded guilty to something I didn’t do because I wanted out of jail,” Evers said.
Prosecutors said she violated her probation, which required her to give cars back to her former husband, Don Fulton, who police said was bilked out of money and his property by Evers.
When officials said she failed to comply, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
“We filed for the revocation of probation based on the fact that Ms. Evers didn’t fulfill the terms of her probation, so that’s really on her,” said Dave Bercaw, deputy prosecutor for Washington County.
Evers’ court date was pushed back from Tuesday to Sept. 18.
She said she can’t afford the trips from her home in New Mexico to Fayetteville, and back.
“Most of my social security checks go to traveling,” Evers said. “My friends have to help me.”
Evers said her faith in God is pulling her through this situation.
“I know God is my lawyer. My father is my lawyer,” Evers said.
5NEWS spoke to Fulton on Tuesday at his home, where he declined to be on camera. However, Fulton said he wants the situation to be over.
Prosecutors said Evers had her chance to resolve the case without traveling back to Arkansas.
“She had the opportunity to do what she was instructed by the court to do, and what she agreed to do,” Bercaw said.
Evers said she is ready to move on.
“I forgive [Don],” Evers said. “I did love him. It’s a different love now.”
On Jan. 16, Evers pleaded guilty to theft by deception before Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay, receiving eight years probation. She was ordered to pay nearly $73,000 in restitution to the elderly victim and to return his vehicles. Evers also has signed the deed to his house back over to him.
Police said Evers convinced Fulton she was Krauss and got him to sign his $245,000 home over to her in 2013. His bank account also fell by $40,000, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in Washington County Circuit Court.