Jerry Wayne Willis is off to prison in North Carolina after being convicted of meth possession with intent to sell, heroin possession with intent to sell, suboxone possession with intent to sell, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He will be spending 54 to 102 months as a guest of the state, with an additional six to seven months tacked on, plus 36 months probation when he gets out.
Here's the sovereign citizen portion of the case, which started on September 11:
Mr. Willis, a self-declared “sovereign citizen,” refused all counsel and filed a motion Sept. 11 to have the case dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The motion was based on a bogus court-filing in the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, authorities say.
That motion was denied by Superior Court Judge Andrew Heath.
Mr. Willis claimed not to be a person, but some sort of “agricultural product” and therefore not subject to the laws of North Carolina or the United States. He also told Judge Heath that his name was not Jerry Willis, but Willis Jerry.
With his motion denied, a jury was selected and empaneled that day.
Willis disappeared but the trial continued in absentia, as is apparently allowed under NC law. He was found guilty by the jury, and his freedom ended this past Monday (September 25). The police were surveilling a house and stopped a car with three women in it leaving the house. One of the women was Willis. He was brought before the judge and sentenced.
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