Student, 18, pleads guilty in LSD sale at school Finksburg man begins serving 18-month term

June 05, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Finksburg man began serving 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday for selling LSD to a classmate at North Carroll High School in Hampstead.

Randall Scott Mulhern pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court to distribution of the hallucinogen on school property.

In November, he sold five hits to a juvenile for $10, according to court records.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. set sentencing for Sept. 4, but revoked Mulhern's $10,000 bail, meaning he has begun serving the sentence as his former North Carroll classmates are about to graduate.

By accepting the plea bargain, Mulhern avoided a possible 20-year sentence.

State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes agreed to a maximum sentence of five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended.

"It's a typical adult sentence for a first-time offender," Barnes said yesterday. "Combined with a lengthy supervised probation, it's a harsh sentence, but it's necessary to send out an appropriate message: Don't bring drugs into school."

Barnes said Mulhern, who will turn 19 on Saturday, is the first student he has prosecuted for selling drugs at a Carroll County school.

The purchaser of the LSD was charged as a juvenile, the state's attorney said.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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