HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown woman whose attorney said she sold crack cocaine to buy Halloween costumes for her children was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in prison.
Kesha Jean Russ, 33, of 1004 H Noland Drive, pleaded guilty May 27 to criminal conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, according to court records. In exchange for her plea, the state did not prosecute her on charges of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley gave Russ a 10-year sentence with six years suspended, followed by three years of probation.
"You let your kids down by getting involved in the drug trade," Beachley told Russ.
The state asked for a cap of five years for the prison sentence, a figure that could have been lowered if Russ cooperated on other cases, said Robert Veil, the supervising state's attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.