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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Pennsylvania woman used poisonous snakes to hold police at bay

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A woman accused of holding police at bay by brandishing poisonous snakes has been sentenced to house arrest and probation.

"I just wasn't in the right frame of mind that night," Terry Jackson, 36, said at her sentencing Monday.

Officers were trying to prevent the despondent woman from harming herself with a hunting knife when the confrontation took place last Oct. 25, police said.

Jackson picked up two western diamondback rattlesnakes, a pygmy rattlesnake and two copperheads to try to keep police from taking her into custody, authorities said.

Jackson, who was raising the snakes for laboratories, received several bites during the standoff and was taken to a hospital after police subdued her with a stun gun.

The snakes were later donated to a zoo in Hershey.

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