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Sentencing scheduled in connection with deadly overdose

Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown

Leonardtown, MD- A Great Mills woman convicted in connection with a fatal overdose in St. Mary’s County is set to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown, 47, was convicted in October of 2017 on two charges of drug possession and reckless endangerment.

St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz was seeking a conviction on second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter and two counts of distributing narcotics. Claggett-Brown was acquitted on those charges.

Claggett-Brown was charged in connection with the October 2016 death of Paul Francis Baxter of Chesapeake Beach. Investigators say Baxter traveled to Lexington Park with a friend to purchase heroin from Claggett-Brown. After ingesting the drugs, Baxter died from an overdose.

In August of 2017, Fritz, along with Governor Larry Hogan, and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, announced indictments against eight suspected drug dealers in connection with fatal overdose deaths. This was an aggressive move by Fritz to crack down on the opioid epidemic.

So far, four of the eight have had their day in court without one conviction on the second-degree depraved heart murder charge.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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