- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Maine woman who violated a ban on possessing animals to nearly a year in jail for contempt of court.

Seventy-one-year-old Carol Murphy of New Sharon identifies as a “sovereign citizen” who does not recognize the state’s authority to enforce laws. She has also served time in prison for numerous animal-related offenses.

Murphy was convicted of animal cruelty in 2005 and 2010 after officials seized dozens of pets from her home. The conviction resulted in her being forbidden to own animals.

She was convicted of contempt on Nov. 16 stemming from incidents in 2014 in which witnesses said she was seen with animals. The Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2gIyFA2 ) reports police found her in possession of four dogs, a cat, a pot-bellied pig, chinchillas and a rabbit.

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