Reginald D. Thomas

Leonardtown, MD — A Great Mills man who has been identified by police as a major distributor of cocaine has been sentenced to 12 years in jail. Reginald Thomas, 24, was sentenced July 13 by Judge Michael Stamm in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court.

Thomas pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years each for separate counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine stemming from indictments handed down in 2014 and this year. Judge Stamm made those two sentences concurrent (to run at the same time). But he also imposed the back-up time of two years for violation of probation in a distribution conviction in February of 2014. So the total time Thomas will serve in the Maryland Department of Corrections is 12 years.

While incarcerated awaiting sentencing on the drug charges Thomas was also charged with second-degree assault in connection with a fight with another inmate. Those charges were subsequently dropped in St. Mary’s County District Court.

“You do have a drug issue,” Judge Stamm said to Thomas. He recommended that Thomas be incarcerated at Patuxent Institution so he can get drug treatment there. The judge said if Thomas was successful in his treatment he could reconsider the sentence, but he said that would only come after Thomas had served a minimum of five years of his sentence.

Thomas was represented at the sentencing hearing by Leonardtown attorney Cynthia Panos. The state was represented by Assistant States Attorney Julie White.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com