Mother gets 10 years in jail for helping son deal drugs Term to be served without parole

October 07, 1992|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

A former Dunbar High guidance counselor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to 10 years in prison without parole for her part in her son's drug conspiracy.

Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Alfreda Robinson, 37, of the first block of Caraway Road in Reisterstown.

She was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

"On the one hand, for you to be involved in drug dealing as the evidence shows you were, and on the other hand to be counseling kids and living this aura of respectability, the government and society as a whole can find that reprehensible," Judge Motz told her.

On Monday, her son, David Moe Robinson, 22, was sentenced to 45 years in prison without parole.

Anthony M. Johnson, 30, received a 30-year, no-parole prison term yesterday for being part of the conspiracy.

Witnesses said Alfreda Robinson rented cars and bought guns for her son's drug activities.

One woman testified that the mother tried to collect a drug debt for David Robinson when he was arrested on drug charges.

The witness said the woman fired a gun into a family's home to threaten a juvenile who owed the son money.

Tanesia Mack, David Robinson's former girlfriend, testified yesterday that she saw Alfreda Robinson put cocaine into plastic bags in her home after scolding her son for cooking crack on her stove.

Alfreda Robinson said she bought the guns for protection because she had been a victim of vandals.

She lashed out at Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Smith, who she said treated her unfairly during the trial.

"She made it a point to destroy not only my life, but the life of my family -- my son, and all the things I've worked to build," she said.

After she was arrested, authorities seized her home, which they said was used to distribute drugs.

She said in court papers that she dropped out of school in 10th grade and got married and became a mother at age 15.

She said she finished school and went on to earn a master's degree in special education.

Alfreda Robinson said she accepted responsibility for her actions, a statement she made as she sought a more lenient sentence. But she indicated that she was not involved with drugs.

Judge Motz said Ms. Smith merely had done her job in the case, although he complained earlier that prosecutors were using rigid sentencing guidelines to force defendants to enter into plea bargain agreements or face harsh penalties.

"This is not a personal thing between you and Ms. Smith," said Judge Motz.

"I think that somebody who permits himself to be used as a front person for a drug conspiracy is not a minor participant at all," the judge said.

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