Sandra Filbert Amos, the heiress to the Mrs. Filbert margarine fortune. was released from prison today after serving 2 1/2 years on drug charges.
At 7:50 a.m., U.S. marshals took Amos from the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson to to the marshal's office in Garmatz Federal Courthouse for processing. She was released about 10 a.m.
As Amos walked down Sharp Street a free woman for the first time since her arrest in December 1989, she smiled and said she was happy about her release, She did not comment further.
Amos, 37, served most of her sentence at the federal prison in Lexington, Ky., but has spent the last two months in the Towson center while awaiting court dates.
She will be required to pay for her own drug treatment with reports of her therapy sent to parole officials every two months.
In March 1990, Amos was sentenced to 14 years in prison on her conviction of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it. The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the conspiracy charge, which later was dismissed. She then pleaded guilty to the other charges and agreed to cooperate with investigators against a co-defendant.
Amos appeared in U.S. District Court in Baltimore Monday for resentencing. Judge Herbert N. Maletz sentenced her to 37 months in prison, three years probation and a $7,500 fine. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said Amos was awarded good behavior time, which made her eligi ble for release today.
U.S. Attorney Richard D. Bennett said he decided to dismiss the conspiracy charge and seek a sentence that would have given her six to seven years on prison on the distribution counts. He said he wanted to treat her like any other defendant, although she once inherited $2 million and is the great-granddaughter of the founder of Mrs. Filbert's margarine.
Judge Maletz found that Amos was entitled to a lighter sentence because she was only a minor player in the cocaine conspiracy of her boyfriend, Jeremiah Dennis Case, who has been convicted of federal drug charges.