Participant in theft spree to fuel heroin fix sentenced

La Plata, MD - Montana Dorsel Knight, 26 of Leonardtown, was addicted to heroin.

In 2014, he helped participate in a series of robberies with three other people in Charles and St. Mary’s counties to help feed his habit. Then he was arrested August 29, 2014.

Monday, June 22, he faced the fire for his transgressions.

Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeremy Widder said the state was asking for 18 months of local incarceration with a lengthy period of supervised probation.

Charles County Circuit Court Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Knight to 20 years after he plead guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, suspending all but 18 months, which she said would be served in the Maryland Department of Corrections, at his own request.

Knight’s attorney, Kathryn Batey, told the court that Knight had recently been sentenced to 10 years in St. Mary’s County for the thefts which occurred there, but the judge had suspended all but four years.

“He was sent to DOC to get processed, then they sent him down here,” Batey said.

Batey said she had completed and filed paperwork for Knight to be released to the Jude House when a bed opens up so that he can get aggressive treatment for his heroin addiction.

“He had a severe heroin addiction when I met him,” she said. “I think we could structure his sentence so that he continues to get help.”

She said Knight was requesting that he serve his time in the Department of Corrections as opposed to the Charles County Detention Center.

“There are more programs there [DOC],” Batey noted. “It’s the program he’s gotten himself enrolled in.”

Bragunier then handed down her sentence, suspending all but 18 months of the 20 years. She said Knight would be allowed to return to St. Mary’s County once released to serve five years of probation, the first two of which would be supervised.

She also decreed that Knight undergo random urinalysis while incarcerated, stating that his sentence was to run concurrent with the penalties imposed in St. Mary’s County.

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