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Hagerstown man sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal conspiracy

August 26, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown man charged with recruiting a minor to steal drugs pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to criminal conspiracy and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Robert Paul Johnson, 24, of 932 Pope Ave., pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer to criminal conspiracy to commit theft of less than $1,000, court records show.

Dwyer ordered Johnson to spend three years on probation upon his release from prison.

In exchange for his plea, charges against Johnson of hiring a minor to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and contributing to the condition of a child were dismissed, court records show. Conviction on a charge of hiring a minor to distribute drugs carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, court records show.

On March 17, the Washington County Sheriff's Department learned that a 15-year-old had been recruited by "Robby," leader of a street gang called the Out Law Mafia Crips, the application for statement of charges said. The boy had been ordered by the gang leader to steal Vicodin from his grandmother, taking 129 pills on March 10, the application said.

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The boy did not know the full name of Robby, but identified Robert Johnson from a photo array, the application for statement of charges said. The boy told investigators that Johnson wanted to sell the drugs for guns, the application said.

Johnson was given 119 days credit for time served while awaiting his court date, court records show.

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