Kathleen Woodward was arrested after admitting that she kept a Harrington and Richardson pistol in her house without a license.
The gun, which had owned by the by her late husband, was stolen from her Moray house by Guy Whitlaw last March. Whitlaw was sentenced to a five year jail term last year.
The law states that illegal firearm possession should automatically lead to a five year jail sentence. However, Judge Lady Stacey said there were extenuating circumstances, including Mrs Woodward’s work in her local community and for charity.
Mrs Woodward was admonished for possession of the gun but allowed to walk free.