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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Spoiler: Ashley Marin Could Go to Jail Forever!

Could Mommy Marin be headed to the slammer? Last week’s Pretty Little Liars’ episode (Season 3, Episode 20: “Hot Water”) ended with Hanna (Ashley Benson) and mom Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) returning to the scene of the crime. In this case, the crime was Ashley running over the slimy Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) with her car. And the scene was an abandoned back road, a creepy locale from which the injured and/or dead Wilden miraculously disappeared in the time it took Ash to head back to the house for a stiff drink, collect her daughter, and come back.

“Is Wilden dead? Is he alive?” taunted PLL producer Oliver Goldstick to Entertainment Weekly. “The accident has huge ramifications. The ripple effect is huge.”

Huge, as in: Ashley could get locked up indefinitely. According to Ash (Benson, not Marin), “Hanna’s mom could go to jail forever.”

Say it isn’t so! Out of all of the Rosewood parents, Ashley might be our favorite. She actually seems to notice when daughter is in mortal danger and actually tries to do something useful about it. That parenting strategy didn’t work out so well in this case, but we give her points for trying. And we can’t say we wouldn’t have done the same, knowing Wilden’s mysterious past, his threats earlier that night, and the ill-advised movement towards his holster. Given the disproportionate amount of people who turn up dead in the relatively small town of Rosewood, we’d probably run someone over for far less sketchy behavior.

What do you think is going to happen to Ashley Marin? Do you think she deserves to go to jail for running over Wilden? And where do you think Wilden rolled off to? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.