A homeless Westminster man has been sentenced as a repeat offender to 10 years in prison without parole for distribution of crack cocaine to an undercover state trooper last year.
Darrell Clifton Williams, 43, of Westminster went to trial in January in Carroll County Circuit Court but pleaded guilty after the jury got the case, said Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Adams.
On the witness stand, Williams denied being a drug dealer -- then admitted under cross-examination that he had once sold the drug to an undercover trooper, who was working with Westminster police on Union Street in March 1998, the prosecutor said.
Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Williams on Tuesday as a repeat offender.
Williams, who most recently lived at the Westminster Rescue Mission, has prior convictions including distribution of cocaine and possession of PCP in Washington, and second-degree assault in Maryland, Adams said.
"I'm very pleased," she said of the sentence, "because this does send a strong message to the community that we will seek mandatory sentences for repeat offenders."
Westminster: Firefighters responded at 5: 29 p.m. Tuesday to shrubbery on fire in the 900 block of Washington Road. Units were out 30 minutes.
Westminster: A resident of Windsor Drive told police Sunday that tools were stolen from a vehicle. Loss was estimated at $380.
Westminster: A resident of South Center Street told police Sunday that the door of his vehicle was pried open. Damage was estimated at $200.
Westminster: A resident of Janice Way told police Sunday that tools were stolen from a vehicle. Loss was estimated at $290.
Pub Date: 4/08/99