Probation ordered for Panhandle woman in bigamy case


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A woman connected to the fatal shooting of a Florida Panhandle couple has been sentenced to two years of probation on an unrelated bigamy charge.

Circuit Judge John Brown on Wednesday also ordered Pamela Long Wiggins to be evaluated and treated for substance abuse. She pleaded no contest for marrying again while separated from her first husband.

The woman remains jailed on $500,000 bond in the 2009 home invasion killings of Byrd and Melanie Billings. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact when investigators dug up a safe stolen from the couple in her back yard.

Long Wiggins is scheduled for trial July 19 in that case, but prosecutors expect the trial to be delayed. Her probation won't begin until that charge is resolved.

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