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Shawn Green Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

March 9, 2010
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On March 8 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland announced that Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced former federal fugitive Shawn Green to 12 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 330 pounds of cocaine.

In December, Green pled guilty to charges of drug dealing and being part of the conspiracy. As part of the plea agreement, he acknowledged that he was also involved in a fraud scheme along with his mother, Yolanda Crawley, in which the two used false documents to defraud mortgage companies. Fraud charges against Green were dropped, but Crawley was sentenced to two years in jail and had to pay $200,000 restitution for her role in the scheme. Two other individuals—mortgage broker David Lincoln and attorney Rachel Donegan—pleaded guilty to assisting Green and Crawley in perpetrating the fraud. Lincoln was sentenced to 15 months in prison and required to come up with $200,000 in restitution, payable in $150 per month increments after his release. Donegan received 18 months probation. Lincoln was released from prison in July, but according to documents filed with the court by his probation officer, he has yet to make good on any of those payments.

In January, Green sent a letter to Judge Motz in support of a request for a lenient sentence expressing remorse for his crimes. “I can’t imagine any punishment you could possibly impose on me that would cause me more pain than the fact that my mother spent two years of her precious life in prison,” he wrote. “I realize that you are about to impose a sentence on me that will result in me going to prison for a very long time. I will do whatever I can, while there, to improve my life and the others around me.”

Shawn Green Letter to Judge Motz

Shawn Green Pre-sentence Particulars

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