'Chili Finger Lady' Back to Prison on Another Scam

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Anna Ayala departs from her court appearance in which she didn't enter a plea on Feb. 22, 2013 at Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose. Anna Ayala, the woman behind the notorious 2005 hoax involving a segment of human finger placed in a bowl of fast-food chili, was arrested Thursday on charges of being an accessory to a felony and filing a false police report. Guadalupe

Anna Ayala departs from her court appearance in which she didn't enter a plea on Feb. 22, 2013 at Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose. Anna Ayala, the woman behind the notorious 2005 hoax involving a segment of human finger placed in a bowl of fast-food chili, was arrested Thursday on charges of being an accessory to a felony and filing a false police report. Guadalupe "Junior" Reyes has a previous burglary conviction, Santa Clara County prosecutor Bret Wasley said, and is not allowed to possess a gun. He told officers he was approached by a pair and shot "for no rhyme or reason," Wasley said. Reyes later changed the story. (Dai Sugano/Staff)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman sentenced to four years in prison for planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili is going back behind bars for creating another tall tale, this one about a shooting involving her son.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that Anna Ayala pleaded no contest to three felony charges and will receive a two-year prison term when formally sentenced in September.

The so-called Chili Finger Lady was arrested in October after she told police that her son had been shot in the ankle by two men.

Guadalupe Reyes accidentally shot himself and Ayala lied to prevent him from going to prison as a felon in possession of a firearm. Reyes will also receive two years in prison for that very charge.


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