Spouses enter guilty plea BALTIMORE COUNTY

January 29, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A husband and wife, both Baltimore County employees until their indictment last fall on drug charges, pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to one drug count each.

Walter Patrick Kincer, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He will be sentenced by Judge John Grason Turnbull on April 7. Kincer faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

His wife, Jo Anne, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Judge Turnbull struck her guilty verdict and gave her probation before judgment. However, Judge Turnbull refused a defense request to place her on unsupervised probation.

"Certainly under the facts of this case, reporting to a probation officer is little price to pay," he said and ordered Jo Anne Kincer to pay court costs and report to a probation officer for the next two years.

In exchange for guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped several other charges against the couple. The charges stemmed from a Sept. 24 raid on the Kincer home in the 1100 block of Dairy Road in Parkton. Those charges included possession of cocaine, hashish and speed; and manufacturing marijuana.

Police raided the Kincer home after receiving a telephone tip. They found 31 marijuana plants growing in a backyard greenhouse, packaged marijuana in two freezers, and a brown bag on the back porch containing half-dried marijuana leaves.

In court yesterday, Jim Pyne, an assistant state's attorney, said the 19 pounds of marijuana found in the Kincer home was worth about $60,000.

At the time of the arrests, Jo Anne Kincer directed the county's personnel records management section and earned $47,559 per year; her husband was a facilities coordinator for the Department of Recreation and Parks and earned $41,641 per year. The couple was suspended without pay in October.

Yesterday, Richard N. Holloway, director of personnel, said it was too early to say if either of the Kincers would get their jobs back. He said he would have to consult with County Administrative Officer Merreen Kelly.

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