Thursday, May 3, 2007

 

Snake-brandishing woman gets house arrest

‘A woman accused of holding police at bay by brandishing poisonous snakes was sentenced to house arrest and probation.

“I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind that night,” said Terry Jackson, 36, at her sentencing Monday.

Officers were trying to prevent the despondent woman from harming herself with a hunting knife when the confrontation took place October 25, police said.

Jackson picked up two western diamondback rattlesnakes, a pigmy rattlesnake and two copperheads to try to keep police from taking her into custody, authorities said.

Jackson, who was raising the snakes for laboratories, received several bites during the standoff and was taken to a hospital after police subdued her with a stun gun.’




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