EDMONTON -- Serena Nicotine is like the MacGyver of prison hostage-takers.
The convicted killer has used a variety of unusual objects as weapons -- including a pair of glasses, a pop can, a pen and a piece of glass -- during the seven hostage-takings she has now been convicted of.
On Friday, when the 31-year-old Nicotine pleaded guilty to her sixth and seventh hostage-takings, Judge Shelagh Creagh spoke of her "taking innocuous items and turning them into dangerous weapons."
Creagh handed Nicotine a 10-year sentence to run concurrent with the life term she is already serving. She also cautioned the Parole Board of Canada to "exercise their greatest care and concern for the risk (Nicotine) would pose to the Canadian public if she was ever to be released."
According to agreed facts of the case, Nicotine took fellow inmate Debbie Miller for nearly four hours on May 22, while both were both being held in cells at Edmonton's downtown Law Courts Building on May 22.