Woman, 65, gets eight years for sell­ing $100 of co­caine

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — A woman caught sell­ing $100 of crack co­caine to a cus­tomer on a street in down­town Perryville in Septem­ber — one month af­ter she was placed on su­per­vised pro­ba­tion in an un­re­lated drug case — re­ceived an eight-year prison term on Thurs­day.

Re­tired Vis­it­ing Kent County Cir­cuit Court Judge Paul M. Bowman im­posed a 20year sen­tence on the de­fen­dant, Terry Lucinda Hock­a­day, 65, of Port De­posit, for a dis­tri­bu­tion-of-co­caine con­vic­tion and then sus­pended 12 years of it. The judge or­dered Hock­a­day to serve five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion upon her prison re­lease.

Hock­a­day will serve her eight-year term in a Mary­land De­part­ment of Corrections prison. Free on a $10,000 bond at the time of Thurs­day’s sen­tenc­ing, Hock­ad­way was taken into cus­tody in the court­room im­me­di­ately af­ter the hear­ing.

In Fe­bru­ary, af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing less than 15 min­utes at the con­clu­sion of a one-day trial, a Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court jury found Hock­a­day guilty of that dis­tri­bu­tion of co­caine charge.

Bowman’s sen­tence ex­ceeded a rec­om­men­da­tion made by As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Robert Sent­man, who sought five years of in­car­cer­a­tion for Hock­a­day. Sent­man specif­i­cally rec­om­mended a 10-year sen­tence, with five years sus­pended. State sen­tenc­ing guide­lines, which are based on a de­fen­dant’s crim­i­nal record and other fac­tors, set a penalty range of four to eight years of ac­tive in­car­cer­a­tion for Hock­a­day.

Hock­a­day’s as­sis­tant pub­lic de­fender, Ed­win B. Fock­ler IV, had re­quested a one-year term that Hock­a­day could serve on home de­ten­tion. Fock­ler specif­i­cally rec­om­mended a four-year sen­tence, with three years of it sus­pended.

Ad­dress­ing the judge be­fore sen­tenc­ing, Hock­a­day said she helps pro­vide care for her mother, who has health is­sues and lives near her. Hock­a­day also told Bowman that she com­pleted a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram af­ter her Septem­ber ar­rest and that she has changed her life for the bet­ter.

Shortly af­ter Thurs­day’s sen­tenc­ing, Fock­ler filed an ap­pli­ca­tion for a sen­tence re­view by a three-judge panel, which would not in­clude Bowman, and a mo­tion for mod­i­fi­ca­tion of sen­tence, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court records.

Perryville Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers ar­rested Hock­a­day on Sept. 29, af­ter re­spond­ing to an anony­mous tip con­cern­ing Hock­a­day sell­ing drugs in that town, po­lice said. For a few weeks be­fore her ar­rest, po­lice added, Hock­a­day had been the fo­cal point of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into drug dis­tri­bu­tion in town.

“The Perryville Po­lice De­part­ment had re­ceived nu­mer- ous tips over the past month re­gard­ing the sales and dis­tri­bu­tion of CDS (il­le­gal drugs), specif­i­cally crack co­caine, from the 500 block of Aiken Av­enue, in­volv­ing the Hock­a­day sub­ject,” PPD Cpl. Robert Nitz ex­plained at the time.

Two PPD of­fi­cers re­sponded to the 500 block of Aiken Av­enue on Sept. 29, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip con­cern­ing a drug deal in progress, po­lice said. Con­duct­ing sur­veil­lance, the of­fi­cers saw Hock­a­day “en­gage in a ‘hand-to­hand’ trans­ac­tion” with a man, po­lice added.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing the drug deal, the of­fi­cers ap­proached Hock­a­day and the man, po­lice re­ported.

“Upon mak­ing con­tact with the man, he dropped the (crack co­caine), ad­vised that it was next to him and stated, ‘You got me.’ (He) iden­ti­fied Hock­a­day as the sub­ject who had just sold him the (crack co­caine) and that he had given her a $100 bill,” Nitz out­lined.

Of­fi­cers then searched Hock­a­day, find­ing and con­fis­cat­ing a $100 bill, as well as an ad­di­tional $156 “in vary­ing de­nom­i­na­tions in­dica­tive of drug sales and trans­ac­tions,” ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

On Au­gust 14, about seven weeks be­fore her ar­rest in the Perryville case, Hock­a­day had re­ceived a sus­pended two-year sen­tence and was placed on two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion, af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled and dan­ger­ous sub­stance (il­le­gal drugs) and theft — both of­fenses stem­ming from a Dec. 23, 2016 in­ci­dent, court records show.

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