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Former Miss Maryland receives suspended sentence

January 20, 1998

Former Miss Maryland receives suspended sentence

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Former Miss Maryland Robin Valeria Harmon was handed a five-year suspended prison sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

As part of a plea agreement, Harmon, 40, on Oct. 28 entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the state has evidence to gain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.

Judge Kennedy Boone placed Harmon on probation for three years and ordered her to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Harmon originally was charged with twice selling cocaine last spring to an undercover informant, according to court documents.

As a result of the plea agreement, one felony drug distribution charge was dismissed and a second was reduced to the misdemeanor conspiracy charge.

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During her court appearance in October, Harmon said she has been clean and sober for the past five months, a period during which she had been in the Washington County Detention Center.

In 1996, Harmon pleaded guilty to a marijuana possession charge but did not complete a court-ordered treatment program, according to court documents.

A Hagerstown native, Harmon won the Miss Maryland pageant in 1981, becoming both the first Washington County resident and the first black contestant to win the honor.

She competed in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., that year before starting a modeling and acting career in New York City.

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