Baltimore woman's six-month sentence for possession reduced

Sherice Latia Daniel given credit for time served and ordered to stay off DOC properties

February 23, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday reduced a Baltimore woman's sentence of six months in jail for possession with intent to distribute under the provision that she not set foot in any state correctional institution in the county.

Sherice Latia Daniel, 26, had pleaded guilty in October to the charge, which involved an attempt in June 2010 to smuggle a balloon containing heroin into an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown.

"She was manipulated in this case by a man in prison who promised her romance," Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey told Circuit Court Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. at the time of the plea.

"I was thinking with my heart," Daniel said when she entered the plea.

Long had given Daniel a four-year state prison sentence and suspended all but six months, which she was to serve in the Washington County Detention Center. On Tuesday, he granted the motion for modification, giving her 119 days of credit for time served and suspending the balance of the six months.

Daniel was also given three years of unsupervised probation and ordered to stay off Maryland Division of Correction properties in the county.

Long warned Daniel not to do it again.

"I don't care if they plead, beg, kiss you, hug you, I don't care," Long said of inmates who might try to get her to smuggle drugs on promises of romance.

Daniel was at MCI-H on June 28 when an officer conducting a drug-interdiction operation noticed her behaving nervously, charging documents said. When asked if she had any contraband, Daniel pulled the balloon from her bra and handed it over, the documents said.

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