A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to distribution of marijuana was sentenced to a year in the county detention center.
Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Timothy Wayne Mose Jr., 30, formerly of 725 Interval Road, to four years in state prison, but suspended three years.
Mose will be eligible for modification of his sentence if he completes a drug abuse course in jail, McDowell said.
In exchange for the plea, nine other drug-related charges, including another marijuana distribution charge, were dismissed, court records said.
Mose, who formerly worked for The Herald-Mail Co., was charged in August with twice selling marijuana to a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant.
Robert Veil, the supervising prosecutor for the task force, told McDowell that the sale to which Mose pleaded guilty occurred July 6 at the Interval Road residence. The informant, equipped with an electronic-monitoring device, bought the marijuana directly from Mose, Veil said.
The same informant was used to make a second purchase on Aug. 9, the charging documents said.
Mose had no prior criminal record and was selling marijuana to support his own use of the drug, Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey told McDowell.
"He wasn’t rolling in dough," Bailey said.
"I realize what a serious matter this is," Mose told McDowell. "It’s totally changed my life."
Four days before the July 6 marijuana sale, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a home-invasion robbery at the Interval Road address where Mose was living.
A suspect in the robbery told investigators he had driven two men to Mose’s house to buy marijuana, but did not know they intended to commit a robbery, according to charging documents in that case.