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Inmate's ex-wife gets suspended sentence in escape attempt

August 23, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

The last person to be sentenced in last year's bolt cutter smuggling incident at the Maryland Correctional Training Center received a five-year suspended sentence Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

"I'd like to think you were somewhat of a victim in this," Judge Kennedy Boone told a tearful Shannon M. Metty.

Now five months pregnant, Shannon Metty was placed on three years' probation. "I'm sorry for what I did," she said.

Shannon Metty, 20, of Cumberland, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to deliver contraband.

She bought the tool and took it to the prison parking lot, from where it was smuggled into the state prison last year.

Shawn Michael Metty, 22, now her ex-husband, was sentenced earlier this month to one year in prison by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

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He will begin serving that year after he completes a five-year sentence for assault and battery he is serving at the Western Correctional Institution.

The bolt cutters were found during a routine inspection of an air vent in the MCTC newspaper office on April 29, 1998, according to court records.

The investigation revealed Shannon Metty bought the bolt cutters at Wal-Mart with a $75 money order and took them to MCTC, where they were hidden in a trash container in the visitors' parking lot.

Shawn Metty had been approached by fellow inmate Henry Davis and then Shawn Metty called his wife, court records said.

The bolt cutters were retrieved by Davis, 39, of Baltimore, who in July entered an Alford plea to unlawfully receiving contraband to aid an escape.

Davis, a member of a trusted group of inmates allowed outside the prison fence, hid the bolt cutters under his jacket on April 7, 1998, and got them inside the prison, court records said.

He was sentenced on July 20 to 10 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended.

The bolt cutters were destined for Charles Kenneth Hopkins, 48, of Baltimore, who also entered an Alford plea in July to unlawfully receiving contraband to aid an escape, court records said.

Hopkins, who is serving a life term at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore, was sentenced July 20 to 10 years in prison, consecutive to a sentence he is serving for killing a police officer during a 1972 robbery in Baltimore.

An Alford plea is an acknowledgment that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction, but the defendant does not acknowledge guilt.

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