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Former guard faces year on drug charge

May 07, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A former correctional officer who attempted to smuggle marijuana into the Roxbury Correctional Institution last June was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to one year behind bars.

Franklin Lee Stottlemyer, 39, of 10115 Garis Shop Road, in December 1996 pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution dropped additional charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver contraband to a prison inmate, according to court records.

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Judge Darrow Glaser ordered that Stottlemyer serve his sentence in the Washington County Detention Center. He will be on probation for two years once he is released.

Court records indicate that information was received from several sources that Stottlemyer was going to take illegal drugs into the prison on June 1, 1996, court records said.

At 8:55 a.m. that day, Stottlemyer entered the institution and was ordered to the warden's office, court records said. There Stottlemyer submitted to a search.

One plastic baggie containing marijuana was found in his right boot, court records said. Another baggie with marijuana came out of his left boot, court records said. The total weight was 27 grams, court records said.

Stottlemyer was charged by Sgt. K.L. Cain of the Division of Correction internal investigation division.

DOC spokesman Maxine Eldridge said at the time of his arrest that employees in such situations are suspended without pay pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

As of Tuesday, Stottlemyer was no longer employed with the Division of Correction, according to DOC officials.

The contraband charge carried a possible maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $1,000 fine or both.

Roxbury is a medium-security prison south of Hagerstown.

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