Dealer who was sup­port­ing own habit sen­tenced

Was re­port­edly sup­port­ing own heroin ad­dic­tion

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU [email protected]­ Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

A Ch­e­sa­peake Beach man was sen­tenced Mon­day to five years in prison fol­low­ing two drug-re­lated con­vic­tions in­volv­ing one hand-to-hand trans­ac­tion that took place ear­lier this year.

Marvin An­drew Wil­lard, 30, was given a 15- year sen­tence with all but five years sus­pended af­ter he pleaded guilty to us­ing a com­mon nui­sance, namely a dwelling or car, to dis­trib­ute drugs. Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mark Chan­dlee also gave Wil­lard a sus­pended fiveyear sen­tence for sell­ing drugs to oth­ers in a July in­ci­dent where deputies saw him sell­ing $80 worth of Subox­one to a po­lice in­for­mant in North Beach.

Lisa Ridge, se­nior as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney who pros­e­cutes drug-re­lated cases, said in court Mon­day that phone records showed Wil­lard ob­tain­ing heroin in An­napo­lis and sup­ply­ing it to oth­ers.

Ridge said it is clear Wil­lard needs help as he was sell­ing heroin and Subox­one to sup­port his own heroin habit. But he had new charges in­curred while he was out on bond af­ter po­lice found Subox­one and drug para­pher­na­lia in his Ch­e­sa­peake Beach home in 2017. As a re­sult, Ridge said that be­hav­ior “jus­ti­fies ev­ery bit of the six years” the gov­ern­ment sought.

Since po­lice found Wil­lard sell­ing drugs in July, he had been in­car­cer­ated for 122 days with­out bond as of Mon­day. Wil­lard was con­sid­ered for drug court but was ex­cluded be­cause of a 2009 rob­bery con­vic­tion.

Wil­lard’s lawyer Robert Har­vey em­pha­sized to the judge that his client picked up new charges be­cause he had a drug ad­dic­tion and that his­tory went back to as early as age 14.

“He was sell­ing [drugs] to get money to get heroin,” Har­vey said. “It’s as sim­ple as that.”

Har­vey said Wil­lard has a 1-year-old daugh­ter and his client rec­og­nized the need for some pun­ish­ment. But he asked the judge to con­sider a sen­tence shorter than six years, which was what the pros­e­cu­tion agreed to cap at, to al­low for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well.

“Mr. Wil­lard knows he’s got a prob­lem,” Har­vey said, adding his client showed ini­tia­tive by suc­cess­fully grad­u­at­ing from a drug treat­ment pro­gram at the Calvert County De­ten­tion Cen­ter last week.

Chan­dlee gave Wil­lard the 15-year sen­tence with all but five years sus­pended, and the five-year sen­tence, all sus­pended, for the sep­a­rate case. Upon his re­lease, Wil­lard will be placed un­der five years of su­per­vised and five years of unsupervised pro­ba­tion.

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