'Sovereign Citizen' Convicted In Memphis Assault Case

'Sovereign Citizen' Convicted In Memphis Assault Case

CREATED May 2, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis woman who calls herself a sovereign citizen has been convicted of trying to run over two police officers.

Shelby County prosecutors said a jury on Wednesday found 34-year-old Tabitha Gentry guilty of aggravated assault and intentionally evading arrest in a vehicle.

Gentry was accused of trying to run over the officers during an October 9, 2012, traffic stop.

Gentry claims to be a member of the Moorish American National Republic. She told the judge that she did not recognize the court's authority and chose to spend most of the trial in an adjoining lockup area.

In a separate case, prosecutors said Gentry faces theft charges for illegally squatting in a vacant $3 million Memphis mansion. The property was for sale after being foreclosed on by a bank.

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