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Hagerstown man pleads guilty to fourth drug-trafficking offense in 15 years

Kelvin Shawn Baker could have faced mandatory minimum sentences of 25 or 40 years as a repeat offender

May 08, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his fourth drug-trafficking offense in 15 years and was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison without parole.

Kelvin Shawn Baker, 33, of 321 S. Locust St. could have faced mandatory minimum sentences of 25 or 40 years as a repeat offender, but the prosecution agreed not to seek the enhanced sentences as a part of a plea agreement, Robert Veil, supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, told Judge Donald E. Beachley.

However, Veil asked Beachley to impose a 12-year sentence with the first 10 years without parole.

“I know I’ve messed up in the past .... I’m just asking if you can give me the straight 10 years,” Baker said to Beachley.

“The state’s being pretty generous here,” Beachley told Baker.

He imposed a 20-year sentence, suspending 10 years.

Baker was arrested Nov. 29, 2011, after selling $140 worth of crack cocaine and marijuana to a task-force informant on South Potomac Street, according to the statement of probable cause.

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Veil told Beachley that Baker had drug-related convictions in 1997, 1999 and 2003.

In exchange for the plea, other charges in the case were dismissed, including distribution of marijuana and possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, court records said.

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