Tammy Michelle Randall

La Plata, MD – There are plenty of cases that sift through Charles County Circuit Court with mayhem written all over them. Every now and then a case is resolved in a way that brings peace to all of the parties involved.

That was certainly the case for Tammy Michelle Randall, 48 of Newburg, who was charged with theft after she walked out of a Target store with a basket full of unpaid items on her arm May 5, 2015.

Charles County Assistant Public Defender Ariel Werner told Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier that her client didn’t know what she was doing when the incident occurred over a year ago.

“Her medical issues are real,” Werner said, pointing out that the defendant was on several medications for pain.

“Even the loss officer at Target who stopped her said she really didn’t know what she was doing,” Werner said.

“I had no recollection [of the incident],” Randall told the judge.

“I genuinely believe she was acting under heavy medication,” Werner said. “Her oldest daughter lives in Ohio with her three girls. That is all she wants is to close this chapter and to go to Ohio to be with her grandchildren. We are asking for no jail time,” she added.

“I stopped taking the pills over a year ago,” Randall said. “I flushed them down the toilet.”

“When in doubt, don’t,” the judge said.

“Target recovered their property,” Werner noted. “These were the actions of an unknowing woman.”

Bragunier said she was going to allow Randall to be with her grandchildren in Ohio, giving her five years of unsupervised probation and ordering her to do 40 hours of community service before July 31.

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com