Former hoops star draws 12-year sentence Warfield to serve 10 years before he can be paroled

February 05, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former Westminster High star athlete who was convicted in November in a drug-distribution case was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison.

Calvin Lamont Warfield, 24, won't be eligible for parole for 10 years because he is a "subsequent offender," meaning he had a previous conviction for distributing drugs.

"It is with a heavy heart that I pass this sentence," said Carroll County Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold before imposing the mandatory sentence on Warfield for selling a common headache medicine, ibuprofen, that had been dusted with cocaine for $50 to an undercover officer Aug. 8, 1995.

Arnold also imposed a concurrent five-year prison term on Warfield for selling ibuprofen, classified as a noncontrolled dangerous substance, to the same undercover officer for $60 a week later.

Warfield, who was known as "Peanut" when he averaged 17 points a game for the Westminster High basketball team during the 1991-1992 season, also was sentenced on a parole violation.

In 1994, he was given a five-year sentence with all but 18 months suspended for distribution of cocaine. He served about six months before he was paroled.

Arnold gave Warfield credit for 30 additional months, which means he would become eligible for parole on the remaining 24 months after he completes the mandatory 10-year term.

Testifying for himself, Warfield said he began using marijuana at age 12 and graduated to cocaine at 16. By age 20, Warfield said, he also was addicted to heroin.

"I was never arrested up until then," he said. "Everything I did [while on heroin and cocaine] was because I wanted to get high," he said. "I wanted help but didn't know how to ask for it."

Jerry F. Barnes, the county's chief prosecutor, challenged the notion that Warfield was a victim. Initially, Warfield got his drugs from others and then began selling drugs, Barnes said.

The judge reminded the defendant that he had given Warfield a break in the 1994 case by suspending 3 1/2 years of the five-year term.

"There comes a time when people must take responsibility for their actions," said Arnold. "We can provide all the [rehabilitation] programs in the world, but unless people take advantage of them, they can do no good."

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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