LOGAN — For the third time, a judge had to remove Jeena Nilson from court, after the 61-year-old Providence woman again acted out during a scheduled status hearing. She has been in jail the past five weeks, after refusing to approach the stand during her sentencing hearing.
Tuesday afternoon, Nilson was led by bailiffs into the 1st District Courtroom, wearing handcuffs and shackles. She immediately began telling the court she objected to the hearing, saying the court was not justified.
Nilson went on to argue that she did not consent to anything the court ordered, and demanded to be released immediately. She then started repeating her full name, adding, “I am a breathing woman, blood flows and the flesh lives.”
Judge Kevin Allen ordered deputies to remove Nilson after she would not stop rambling. After she was gone, he explained that the hearing was scheduled so attorneys could give an update on her competency hearing, that he ordered last month.
Judge Allen said doctors had reported to him, they had met with Nilson but had not completed their report, determining whether she is competent to understand the judicial process. He also expressed concern that she was trying to represent herself without an attorney, and assigned public defender Mike McGinnis to the case.
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 refused to take the witness stand. She was found guilty on three of four charges of failing to register as a sex offender, a third-degree felony.
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.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Allen said he will continue to order Nilson to be held in jail because she has been convicted on the three felonies. He scheduled another status hearing for December 10.