A former Baltimore police officer was sentenced yesterday to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring with her boyfriend to distribute heroin.
Lisa Ann Evans, 23, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge J. Frederic N. Smalkin to remain on two years' probation following her release. He recommended that she be sent to a prison near Baltimore so that she could receive visits from her 3-year-old son.
Evans apologized to the Police Department for betraying its trust.
"I just regret that it had to take this to happen before I realized I was making a mistake," she said before the sentence was imposed. "I just pray that I don't have to spend too much time away from my child."
Judge Smalkin said Evans' involvement with drugs was another blow to the Police Department. He noted that city police are reeling from the shootings of two officers.
"For the police family, it is almost like a death in the family because we have a police officer gone bad," he said.
Evans was a rookie police officer when she was arrested in April during an undercover sting by the Drug Enforcement Administration and city police. An April 7 indictment charged her with helping her boyfriend sell heroin from her apartment.
She resigned immediately after her arrest and entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in June.
The boyfriend, Darryl Bolling, 23, and two other men also have been convicted in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.
Maj. Alvin A. Winkler, of the department's Eastern District, told the judge yesterday that Evans' police work was "adequate." But he said he discovered last December that she was involved with a suspected drug dealer and warned her to avoid him. When he learned the relationship was continuing, Major Winkler said, he called for a full investigation by the district.