Ex-Scout leader grew marijuana Judge puts her on probation CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 17, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

A Finksburg mother and former Boy Scout troop leader pleaded guilty yesterday to growing marijuana at her home.

Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. gave her a break and agreed to give her probation before judgment.

Donna Jean Boggs, 33, told the judge she was sorry for what she had done. She said she was forced to quit as a leader of her sons' Boy Scout troop after her arrest.

Judge Burns placed her on probation for five years and under supervision for the first 18 months. If she does not violate the terms of probation, the charge will not appear as a conviction on her record.

Members of the county's drug task force arrested Mrs. Boggs Jan. 19 after raiding her home in the 2100 block of Sandymount Road. They found a pound of marijuana and a marijuana plant, Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III said.

Mrs. Boggs agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing marijuana, said Assistant Public Defender Sam Truette. In exchange, the state agreed to drop charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and to recommend a suspended sentence.

The maximum penalty for the felony charge is five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Mr. Truette said Mrs. Boggs grew marijuana for her own use and was "embarrassed" by the charges.

"She's not a profiteer," he said.

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