Carroll man gets 10 years in drug case Agreement lets wife avoid prison term

November 04, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

A Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday to a cocaine distribution charge, in a deal that sent him to jail for 10 years without parole but let his wife avoid imprisonment.

Denise Doreen Kutcherman, 25, watched in tears as her husband, Kenneth Eugene Kutcherman, 24, of the 200 block of E. Main St., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Other charges were dropped.

Under rules governing sentencing for repeat drug-trafficking offenses, Circuit Court Judge Raymond E. Beck sentenced Kutcherman to 10 years without parole, to be served consecutively with two- and five-year terms he received for drug convictions in May in Baltimore County.

L Kutcherman will be credited with three months he has served.

"I have one thing to say," Kutcherman told the court. "I'd like to give my apology, no matter how insincere you might think it is."

He was arrested Feb. 26 after Carroll County Narcotics Task Force officers searched his home and found 20 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $782 in cash.

Assistant Public Defender Judson K. Larrimore said Kutcherman's plea was contingent upon the disposition of his wife's case.

Mr. Larrimore told Kutcherman, "With your record, this is, perhaps, a minimum sentence."

When Judge Beck asked Kutcherman if he was pleading guilty because he was guilty, the defendant replied, "Yes, I am, sir."

Moments earlier, his wife had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Judge Beck sentenced her to eight years in prison, but suspended the sentence and imposed five years of supervised probation. Other related charges against her were dropped.

Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III said the woman is caring for a child, is employed and lives with her mother.

She has served more than four months in jail, which will be credited to her sentence.

Denise Kutcherman was arrested March 4, after the task force stopped her car on Route 140 and Leidy Road.

Informants had tipped the task force that she might be selling cocaine to raise bail for her husband.

A search of the car by a drug-sniffing dog led to the discovery of about four grams of cocaine in a potato chip bag under the rear passenger seat.

Some property confiscated from the Kutchermans during the investigation, including photographs and electronic equipment, will be returned, Mr. Walker said.

Other items, including the cash, some electronic equipment and two jackets purchased with drug proceeds, will be forfeited, he said.

Denise Kutcherman declined to comment on the case.

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