Former Miss Maryland gets three years

March 17, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Former Miss Maryland Robin Valeria Harmon, who tested positive for cocaine use several times in December, was sentenced to serve three years in prison Wednesday by Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

Harmon, 42, received a five-year suspended prison sentence in January 1998. In return for the suspended sentence, Harmon was to stay off drugs.

But according to court records, she tested positive for cocaine on at least four occasions in December.

The only negative test result was on Dec. 14 when she submitted water instead of urine, according to court records.

In addition, court records showed she failed to get employment as required and didn't complete aftercare drug treatment.

As part of a plea agreement, Harmon entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs in October 1997.

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


When Boone sentenced Harmon on Jan. 20, 1998, he placed her on probation for three years and ordered her to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Harmon underwent drug treatment at the Massie Unit in Cumberland, Md., in 1998 and then was placed in the Break The Cycle program on Dec. 9, court records said.

The "return to illegal drug use" in December resulted in a bench warrant for her arrest on Jan. 15, court records said.

Harmon originally had been charged with twice selling cocaine to an undercover informant in the spring of 1997, according to court documents.

As a result of the 1997 plea agreement, one felony drug distribution charge was dismissed and a second was reduced to the misdemeanor conspiracy charge.

During her court appearance in October 1997, Harmon said she has been clean and sober for the previous 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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