Amy Collins given conditional sentence, probation
She was known for her unruly behaviour in court, but on Friday during her sentencing, Amy Collins was calm — even apologizing for her conduct.
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The 36-year-old was handed a 48-day conditional sentence, with 18 months’ probation at provincial court in St. John’s.
Collins — who had been released on conditions after she was arrested in September 2012 — was convicted of obstructing justice and breaching probation Oct. 11 following her trial, in which she refused to take part.
Collins had described herself as a human-rights advocate and, while she denied being a member of the Freeman on the Land movement, her beliefs were similar in that she refuses to heed government rules.
During proceedings in her trial, she frequently interrupted Judge Mike Madden and demanded that he refer to her as “My Lady.”
However, following a seven-day psychiatric assessment, Collins was a different person Friday.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court Oct. 23, which was when she was originally scheduled to be sentenced.
Collins wrote a letter of apology to the court, indicating she had been taking bad advice and that she now recognizes the authority of the court.