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Man pleads guilty in drug case

November 26, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on robbery charges Tuesday but ended up pleading guilty to an unrelated drug offense.

Antonio Leon Mooney, 24, of 519 N. Mulberry St., was charged with strong-armed robbery in connection with an April 20 incident, court records said.

But on April 1, Mooney was taken into custody by undercover officers with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force and it was for that incident that he entered a guilty plea Tuesday, court records said.

He sold drugs to a confidential informant in the first block of Charles Street, court records said.

Mooney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone to nine years in prison. All but 30 months of that sentence was suspended, court records said.

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In exchange for that plea, charges of robbery, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia were dropped.

The robbery charge came after another man told police someone reached into his car and took his money, according to Hagerstown City Police.

At about 6:45 p.m. on April 20, a car drove up to a police officer who was standing on the corner of Jonathan and North streets and the driver told him his friend had been robbed, police reports said.

David Scott Burkett, no age available, of 245 Lakeside Drive, told police he was sitting in the parked vehicle in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street with the intent of buying fried chicken, police reports said.

Burkett said that while he was in the process of counting his money - $140 in $20 bills - a man reached in and took it, police reports said.

Burkett described the robber and after Mooney was picked up, he was identified by the victim, police reports said.

A search of Mooney turned up five $20 bills in his left sock, police reports said.

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