Woman who faked ID to visit inmate gets probation

June 08, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,sun reporter

She posed as an Annapolis attorney to visit her boyfriend, a convicted killer, at a Baltimore prison, but Tiffany Gwen Weaver won't be serving any prison time.

Weaver was sentenced yesterday to three years of supervised probation and 300 hours of community service. She had pleaded guilty in April to identity theft and use of false government identification.

The 29-year-old restaurant worker and Reisterstown resident, who said she loves animals and volunteers at a homeless shelter, could have spent up to six months behind bars.

But Baltimore Circuit Judge Althea M. Handy called her a "young person with a bright future" and granted her probation before judgment, meaning the convictions can be wiped from her record if she successfully completes the probation.

Weaver said she never meant to hurt anybody when she sneaked into the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center on Nov. 13 to see Jason Beau Moody.

"My sole purpose was just to spend time with Jason," she said at the sentencing hearing.

Moody, 32, was sentenced in October to 30 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for killing Kevin Shields, the ex-husband of his then-girlfriend, Stephanie Madariaga. The 2003 shooting happened just a few feet from the 7-year-old son of Shields and Madariaga. (Moody also has nine other criminal convictions on his record, according to court records.)

Weaver's attorney, Ivan Bates, said his client's love for Moody and her shock at his prison sentence drove her to make "the worst decision of her life."

Bates said Weaver was the only victim of her crime because she and her family have been embarrassed by the media attention.

Weaver was accused of falsifying a Maryland State Bar Association identification badge for an attorney she had never met and identified herself as Moody's attorney so she could visit him.

A correctional officer at the prison said he saw the couple having sex and ordered her out. Weaver and her attorney say that no sex occurred.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

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