Judge sentences Misty Croslin to 25 years
It was the mandatory minimum sentence in the drug trafficking case.
By Cindy Swirko, Staff writer
Published: Friday, October 8, 2010
ST. AUGUSTINE — Misty Croslin, the Putnam County woman who was with 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings in February 2009 when the girl was reported missing, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for trafficking oxycodone.
Circuit Judge Wendy Berger handed down the sentence following testimony from Croslin and her mother, Lisa Croslin, that included details of Misty Croslin's rape, her elementary-level education, and of her growing up with drug abusing parents who often left their kids to fend for themselves.
Croslin and her attorney, Robert Fields, said the reason Croslin was investigated for drug trafficking was because of her involvement in the Haleigh case.
But Berger was not swayed.
"It is clear that you had a hard life, but lots of people have hard lives and don't always end up committing crimes," Berger said in delivering the sentence. "You may not have a lot of book smarts — you have a lot of street smarts. You did it for the money. This case is not about Haleigh Cummings, Misty. This case is about you and your co-defendants in trafficking drugs. You are here because you sold drugs."
The sentence was the mandatory minimum for the amount of drugs involved in the St. Johns County case, which stemmed from a police investigation in January. Her sentencing on seven additional counts in Putnam County is scheduled for Oct. 19.
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