Woman receives home detention for drug deal robbery
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.