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Misty Croslin Sentenced to 25 Years

3:13 PM, Jan 10, 2011   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Misty Croslin has received another 25-year prison sentence for the seven drug charges to which she entered a guilty plea.

In October, Croslin received a 25-year sentence on similar charges in St. Johns County, and today's sentence in Putnam County will run concurrently.

In addition to the prison time, Croslin must pay fines totaling more than $1 million, will have her driver's license suspended for two years following her release, and will serve five years of drug offender probation.

There were seven counts against her.  On two of the counts, according to the state attorney's office, she received a 25-year sentence for each.

On each of two other counts, she was sentenced to 15 years, and on each of the final three she received a three-year sentence.

Since each sentence will run concurrent with the others and with her previous sentence, there is no added prison time beyond the original 25 years.

Croslin, along with her brother, ex-husband and two others, was arrested in January 2010.

In Croslin's first sentencing, Judge Wendy Berger decided not to use the "youthful offender" option, which would have resulted in a prison sentence of six years.

In the absence of being sentenced as a youthful offender, Croslin faced up to 240 years.

She entered a no-contest plea to the seven drug-related charges stemming from her arrest.

A "landslide of information" against her led her attorney, Robert Fields, to a plea rather than face a trial.

The prosecution said that information included video of Croslin selling drugs and undercover officers who were eyewitnesses to drug deals.

Croslin told Berger she dealt drugs because she grew up poor and, "That is what you do."

Croslin's brother was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and her ex-husband Ronald Cummings was also sentenced to 15 years. They were arrested along with Croslin.

The Croslin and Cummings names came to public attention in February 2009 when 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared from Ronald Cummings' home as Misty Croslin was babysitting.

Haleigh has not been seen since, and Sheriff Jeff Hardy has told the family that she is most likely dead.

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