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Misty Croslin Enters 'No Contest' Plea to Putnam Drug Charges

4:34 PM, Aug 16, 2010   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Misty Croslin could spend up to 240 years in prison following this morning's plea, but her attorney likely will seek a sentence closer to six years.

Croslin, the last person to see Haleigh Cummings in her home in February 2009, entered a "no contest" plea Monday to the seven drug-related charges facing her after her arrest in January.

The maximum sentence she could face would be 240 years in prison, according to the state attorney's office.

It appears Croslin's attorney will try to have her classified as  a youthful offender, which means she could face up to six years.

She will learn her sentence in October.

Her attorney, Robert Fields, told the judge this morning that a "landslide of information" against Croslin led to the no contest plea.

Prosecutor Jason Lewis said the "information" includes video of Croslin selling drugs, undercover officers who were eyewitnesses to the drug deals, and other people who "possibly are cooperating -- or maybe not."

Lewis would not say if Ronald Cummings, Croslin's ex-husband was one of those "people". Cummings is Haleigh's father and was also caught on tape in the drug deals.

Fields also said he will need about three hours to present his case at the sentencing hearing, where he will possibly introduce more evidence and witnesses.

Croslin, sporting a new, shorter haircut, told the judge she understands the charges against her.

She is due in St. Johns County court Tuesday to face a similar charge.

Under Florida law, youthful offender status can only be granted one time, so if Croslin is sentenced in Putnam County as a youthful offender, she cannot be given the same treatment in St. Johns County.

Croslin faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for the charges in Putnam County and another minimum mandatory sentence for the charge in St. Johns County.

A plea is expected in the St. Johns County case as well.

Croslin and four others were arrested in January on drug trafficking charges unrelated to the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.

Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, was also among those arrested.

Earlier in August, Croslin's brother Hank Jr., known as Tommy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of probation.  He was also among those arrested in January.

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