By DON AINES
6:25 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
A man convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into his father who was an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution last year was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in state prison.
Edward Dennis Dorsey Jr., 20, of Pikesville, Md., pleaded guilty Thursday to possession with intent to deliver morphine and resisting arrest in the June 27 incident at the prison. Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced him to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended.
Dorsey had gone to the prison on June 27 to visit Edward Dennis Dorsey, according to the application for statement of charges. Edward Dennis Dorsey is serving a sentence for a 1993 first-degree murder conviction in Baltimore, court records said.
While the son was being searched, a plastic package fell from his boxer shorts, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Carranza told Beachley. The package contained two latex packets filled with morphine, Suboxone and marijuana, Carranza said.
As he was being taken into custody, Dorsey fought with correctional officers, using his head to hit one of them in the face, she said.
In exchange for his plea to possession with intent to distribute and resisting arrest, 13 other charges were dismissed.
“He’s otherwise a good kid .... He’s terrified about the outcome today,” Dorsey’s attorney Alfred Guillaume told Beachley.
Dorsey had no criminal record as an adult or a juvenile, so Guillaume asked for a long suspended sentence.
“He was seeking his father’s love,” a friend of Dorsey’s family told Beachley.
“There is a major problem with illegal substances in prison,” Beachley said. “It would send the wrong message to the community to just let him walk out of here.”
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