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Ronald Cummings Changes Plea: Guilty in Three Drug Cases

5:46 PM, Aug 20, 2010   |    comments
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PALATKA, Fla. -- Doing the same thing as his ex-wife earlier this week, Ronald Cummings has withdrawn his not guilty plea in the drug trafficking cases against him.

In court this morning, the prosecution agreed to drop two of the five cases against Cummings, and he entered a guilty plea in the other three.

One of the cases has a minimum sentence of 3 years in prison, with a maximum of 10, and the other two have minimums of 10 years each with maximums of 30.

He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24.

The mother of Cummings' daughter Haleigh was in the courtroom, joined by several family members.

Crystal Sheffield said she does not care about the stories that have come out this week about her daughter; she is still holding out hope for her safe return.

"I don't care if they're in prison or not. They just need to tell what happened. The truth needs to come out, so my baby can come home," said Sheffield.

Haleigh was last seen in February 2009 in her Satsuma home.

"All, I think about is Haleigh. That's all I'm going to say. Haleigh I love you. I won't give up," said Sheffield as she held back tears.

Attorneys representing two of the others arrested along with Ronald Cummings in January spoke out this week, saying Cummings' ex-wife Misty Croslin and her brother Tommy believe their cousin broke into the home in Satsuma and took Haleigh.

Tommy Croslin went to far as to say he believes the girl was strangled, according to his attorney.

She has not been found, and the reward has now topped $30,000.

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