Wisner gets two years CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 20, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Diane Lynn Wisner is supposed to go in front of a Carroll County judge this morning seeking bail.

But, no matter what bail District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones sets for Wisner's cocaine possession and distribution charges filed Friday, chances are the defendant won't be able to post it.

Yesterday, Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced the 33-year-old Littlestown Pike woman to two years in state prison on a possession and distribution conviction last fall.

Wisner's attorney wasn't expecting the sentence, and neither were prosecutors. Her conviction was the result of a plea bargain, in which several other charges against Wisner were dropped and prosecutors agreed to seek only a suspended sentence.

Judge Arnold never bound himself to the agreement. And although he did not use Friday's charges as a basis of his sentence, he noted that Wisner had not completed drug counseling, a condition of her plea bargain.

"I didn't just fall from the turnip truck, Ms. Wisner," the judge said from the bench. "This jurisdiction is not going to tolerate cocaine distribution. It's as simple as that."

As she was led away by court bailiffs, Wisner turned toward her parents and her son and began to cry.

On May 29, 1992, members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force stopped Wisner and her mother in Westminster as the women were on their way home from a grocery store. Less than an ounce of cocaine was found in the car; her mother wasn't charged.

Friday's charges were filed after task force officers stopped Wisner's car on Route 97. The task force was tipped by an informant that Wisner would be driving from Littlestown, Pa., into Maryland with drugs Friday afternoon. After they found drugs in the car, officers obtained a search warrant for Wisner's home.

In the home, officers seized $2,800 worth of cocaine, three handguns, drug paraphernalia and nearly $3,400 in cash.

Wisner also faces drug possession charges in Littlestown, said her attorney, Stephen P. Bourexis.

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