City prosecutors had wanted Steven James Lashly to go to prison for 25 years for stabbing three people outside a chicken restaurant on Baltimore's Block five years ago. But without the key testimony from Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, they had to accept a 30 year sentence with half of it suspended.
Pearson, who already been convicted of second-degree murder as a teen-ager, played a ruthless drug-enforcer on former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon's television drama. In real-life, she played a reluctant witness to a to an all-too real crime.
Prosecutors had her arrested in August 2008 on a bench warrant for refusing to cooperate, and officers found marijuana in her home and charged her with that as well (she later was not found guilty). She was released after she told prosecutors she would "honor her obligations as a witness." Reporter Justin Fenton covered the hearing in which she was released; as she left the courtroom, she told him: "Don't slander me. I'm from here."
Court records show Pearson has fallen on tough times since "The Wire" ended, with her $300,000 Northeast Baltimore home taken through foreclosure proceedings that concluded earlier this year. But Internet Movie Database shows that she's currently filming a movie with Oscar nominees Harvey Keitel and Michael Clarke Duncan, written and directed by a former writer for the show "Entourage."