Woman re­ceives home de­ten­tion for drug deal rob­bery

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By DANDAN ZOU [email protected]­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

A Ch­e­sa­peake Beach woman was given a three­month sen­tence to be served in home de­ten­tion Mon­day fol­low­ing a sec­ond-de­gree as­sault con­vic­tion for a Fe­bru­ary in­ci­dent where she robbed a man of his wal­let and phone dur­ing a drug deal at the Dunkirk Wal­mart.

The lawyer of Me­gan Marie Wetk­low, 25, the pros­e­cu­tor and the judge had reached the plea agree­ment be­fore Mon­day’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

“This whole in­ci­dent was un­for­tu­nate, all stemmed from a sale of mar­i­juana,” said Jonathan Haskell, Wetk­low’s lawyer.

Haskell told Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mar­jorie Clagett that his client, who re­cently gave birth to a baby, has been work­ing and noted that “the vic­tim in this case was a dealer.”

Clagett gave Wetk­low an 18-month sen­tence with all but three months sus­pended. “Keep that child your fo­cus and stay out of trou­ble,” Clagett told Wetk­low be­fore hand­ing down the sen­tence.

Wetk­low’s case came about when po­lice re­sponded to the Wal­mart on Town Cen­ter Boule­vard for an armed rob­bery call in the evening of Feb. 27. The vic­tim, Dal­las Helford, told Det. Justin Liv­ingston of the sher­iff’s of­fice that he and his friend went to Wal­mart to purchase mar­i­juana from Wetk­low, though pros­e­cu­tor Kyle Tores later said Snapchat mes­sages showed Wetk­low was the one try­ing to buy mar­i­juana from Helford, not the other way around.

Wetk­low told po­lice that she was getting ready to purchase mar­i­juana from Helford be­fore he saw some­body in her car who he thought was go­ing to rob him. She said he put the car in re­verse, prompt­ing her to grab his cell­phone and get out of the car. She re­port­edly de­nied hav­ing a weapon of any sort.

Wetk­low told au­thor­i­ties that a woman she was with in her car wanted to rob Helford, but she wanted to purchase her mar­i­juana first. Wetk­low in­di­cated she gave the cell­phone to the woman, who de­nied hav­ing any in­volve­ment with the rob­bery when in­ter­viewed by the po­lice.

Helford said Wetk­low took his wal­let, which con­tained $100, and his cell­phone. He later found his phone through GPS track­ing off Sum­mer City Boule­vard in Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, a lo­ca­tion close to where Wetk­low’s par­ents live. The court also or­dered Wetk­low to pay a resti­tu­tion of $100. After fin­ish­ing her three-month sen­tence in home de­ten­tion, she will be placed un­der five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

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