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Woman gets 4 years in prison for selling crack

December 14, 2010|DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Court to distribution of crack cocaine.

Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Linda Carol Knapp, 36, of 139 Summit Ave., Apt. 3, to 10 years in prison, but suspended six years.

“You’ve been to the women’s prison before. Guess what? You’re going back,” Boone told Knapp, who reminded the judge that he had sentenced her in 2003 to eight years in prison with five years suspended.

That conviction was for conspiracy to distribute narcotics, according to court records.

Knapp asked Boone to consider a light sentence because of assistance she has provided to the county’s Narcotics Task Force since 1995. Defense attorney Mary Drawbaugh asked the judge to consider a county detention center sentence and treatment for Knapp’s addiction.

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Knapp was charged after selling crack cocaine to a task force informant on Aug. 5, according to the application for statement of charges. The same informant made another purchase of crack cocaine from Knapp the next day, the charging documents said.

As a result of the plea agreement, Boone dismissed another count of distribution of crack cocaine, two counts each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance to distribute narcotics.

Knapp was given 125 days’ credit for time she served since her arrest, court records said.

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