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Hagerstown woman gets three years on drug charge

Cynthia Ellen Trotman was indicted on the charges the same day her son was sentenced on similar charges

October 16, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

Less than a month after her son was sentenced to state prison on a marijuana trafficking charge, a Hagerstown woman was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to three years in prison on a related charge.

Cynthia Ellen Trotman, 39, of 108 Park Lane, was indicted by a county grand jury earlier this year on charges of conspiring to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, court records said. She pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Sept. 25, court records said.

That was the same day her son, Terrell Ellis Summers, 20, also of 108 Park Lane, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, court records said. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced him that day to 14 months in prison, court records said.

Defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II noted during Tuesday’s sentencing that Dwyer had granted Trotman a delay in sentencing to make arrangements for the care of a child.

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The indictment stated that Trotman had conspired with a man, who was not her son, to possess the marijuana. Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael said in court that the amount involved was 4.9 pounds.

Trotman had conspired to have the marijuana brought into Maryland from Pennsylvania, Michael said in court.

During the sentencing hearing, Michael said Trotman’s case was part of a wider conspiracy in which “people lost their lives.”

“It is my understanding that associated with the larger conspiracy there’s an investigation of at least two homicides,” he said after the hearing. Those homicides did not occur in their area, he said.

Michael noted that Trotman had been convicted in 2002 of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and sentenced to three years in prison.

“Clearly, she had raised Mr. Summers in the kind of a household where this type of activity was acceptable,” Michael told Dwyer.

Semler told Dwyer that Trotman had successfully completed her sentence and probation on the 2002 charges and, while not a drug user, resorted to trying to sell drugs after losing her jobs. He asked Dwyer to impose a two-year sentence.

“It was not a crime generated by addiction,” Dwyer said. “It was a crime generated by greed.”

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