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Man sentenced in drug-trafficking case

March 06, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

A Hagerstown man convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and using a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime Feb. 20 was back in Washington County Circuit Court for sentencing Monday afternoon.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone sentenced Berandord Artilus, 21, to five years with credit for time served on the possession conviction.

The more serious of the two convictions, using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, carries with it a minimum sentence of five years mandatory imprisonment, with no opportunity for parole. Boone sentenced Artilus to 10 years and suspended five years.

The two five-year sentences are to run concurrently, Boone said.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said that because of the firearm possession, Artilus "should be treated more harshly than the drug dealer who does not have a gun" because guns "up the ante" and pose a greater danger to the community. Wilson asked Boone for a 10-year sentence on the conviction of using a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime.

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Artilus' defense attorney, Lewis C. Metzner, said it was his client's first offense.

Artilus had been going to college, and giving him several years in prison "is not going to do him any good, and it's not going to do society any good," Metzner said.

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