Man's sentence is suspended in fake LSD case


A Finksburg man received a five-year suspended sentence Thursday for his conviction for trying to sell about 700 doses of fake LSD last spring.

Blair Lee Brannock, 18, will serve five years of probation, two of which will be supervised, Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ruled Thursday.

Mr. Brannock, who entered an Alford plea in the case, was a senior at Westminster High last spring when police heard he was running an LSD ring at the school.

Officers followed the teen-ager from Westminster to Finksburg, where Mr. Brannock was to meet a customer, court documents said.

Mr. Brannock -- who thought he was actually selling LSD -- was arrested when police caught him trying to throw foil-wrapped dosages away, court documents said.

In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him.

Judge Burns told Mr. Brannock Thursday that he will consider modifying the sentence in June.

Suspended sentence given to woman in $79,000 theft

A Westminster woman who stole about $79,000 in cash and checks from Nearby Eggs Inc. received a five-year suspended sentence Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court after she was convicted of theft.

Rhonda Lambert, 31, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft scheme over $300, but agreed to allow prosecutors to read a statement of facts that could convict her.

In return, prosecutors dropped other theft charges.

Ms. Lambert, who lives on West Main Street, will serve five years of supervised probation.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. also ordered her to pay court costs, a $500 fine and repay the $79,000 she stole from the Westminster egg farm between Jan. 1, 1992, and Oct. 29, 1994.

She was ordered to pay her first $10,000 installment within 30 days.


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