LOGAN — A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for Jeena Nilson, after she again acted out in court during her scheduled sentencing. The 61-year-old Providence woman has been in jail the past two weeks, after refusing to approach the stand during her earlier sentencing hearing.
Nilson was led by bailiffs into the 1st District Courtroom Monday afternoon, wearing handcuffs and shackles. She was scheduled to be sentence on three counts of failing to register as a sex offender, a third-degree felony.
Immediately upon entering the courtroom, Nilson said she objected to the sentencing. She told the court she was a woman and sui juris, a legal term that means a person is able to make contracts and sue others, or be sued herself.
As Nilson continued, Judge Kevin Allen told her that he was ordering a competency evaluation, to determine if she is able to understand the legal process. He asked state attorneys to file the evaluation request.
Nilson again objected, rambling on that she didn’t need a competency evaluation because she was innocent. She continued to profess her innocence as deputies led her out of the courtroom.
Judge Allen rescheduled the hearing for November 20 and ordered that she continue to be held in the Cache County Jail.
In October 2017, a jury found Nilson guilty of failing to disclose her social media accounts and work at a gym, in her sex-offender registry. The verdict came after a two-day trial, where she never took the witness stand. She was found guilty on three of four charges.
The jury found Nilson didn’t disclose that she was working or volunteering at the Altius Gymnastics Academy. She also didn’t report her Facebook page and Linked In account.
Nilson was originally scheduled to be sentenced in January. It has been delayed several times after she filed multiple motions to postpone it. She could face up to five-years in prison.
In November 2002, Nilson was sentenced to one-to-15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.