Dealer who was supporting own habit sentenced
Was reportedly supporting own heroin addiction
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.