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Sentencing postponed for Hagerstown man on drug-trafficking charges

Lamont Allen requested the delay so he could get married Thursday in the Baltimore County Courthouse

July 24, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man facing a prison term on drug-trafficking charges is scheduled to be in court today after a judge last week granted his request for a postponement of his sentencing so he could be married.

Lamont Allen, 39, of 441 N. Potomac St., Apt. 3, was scheduled to be sentenced July 23 to 20 years in prison, the first 10 without parole, but was granted a postponement until today by Judge Dana Moylan Wright, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

Allen, who has been out of jail on bond since May 11, requested the postponement so he could get married July 25 at the Baltimore County Courthouse, according to the motion. 

A copy of his marriage license and the wedding invitation were filed along with the motion.  

Assistant State’s Attorney Viki Pauler filed a motion in opposition to the continuance, arguing that it had been nearly two months since he entered his guilty pleas on May 28. 

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Allen originally was scheduled for sentencing in June, but Wright postponed that due to a scheduling conflict, court records said.

Asked about the postponement, Allen’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison, said he could not comment because it is a pending case.

Allen was charged with three counts of distribution of cocaine that occurred Sept. 19, Oct. 4 and Oct. 17, 2011, according to the charging documents filed by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. 

In each case, the drugs were sold by a man known as “Goldie” to the same confidential narcotics informant at different locations in the Hagerstown area, the documents said.

The informant identified Allen as Goldie from a photo lineup, but police did not request an arrest warrant for Allen until September 2012, the documents said.

On Jan. 17, 2013, the same informant called a task force agent, claiming to have been threatened by Allen at a store, according to other charging documents. 

Surveillance video from the store showed the informant and Allen, the documents said.

Allen was charged with attempting to induce or inhibit testimony and attempting to intimidate or influence a juror in that case, which is scheduled for trial on Sept. 12, court records said.

Washington County District Court records show Allen posted $75,000 bond on the drug charges in January and was jailed on the witness intimidation charge on April 30, posting the $75,000 bond in that case on May 11.



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