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Misty Croslin, the last person to see missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings alive almost two years ago, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison on drug charges.
Croslin, 19, appeared in Putnam County, Florida court for sentencing on seven charges involving the trafficking of prescription narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. She received a 25-year sentence on a similar charge in St. Johns County last year.
“I am not a drug dealer,” Croslin said at today’s hearing as she asked the judge for another chance, according to WJXT. Her father also urged the court for leniency, saying, “She just got caught acting stupid.”
The judge sentenced her to 25 years on each of two counts and shorter terms on the others, but they will all run concurrent. The Putnam County sentence will also be served concurrent with the previous St. Johns County one and she will have to serve five years probation upon her release. In addition, the sentence includes over $1 million in fines and mandatory drug rehabilitation.
Croslin’s arrest in January 2010 was the result of an undercover investigation that also led to charges against Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings, Croslin’s brother Hank Croslin Jr., her cousin Hope Sykes and friend Donna Brock. The others have been sentenced to 15 years in prison in their cases.
Last August, Croslin’s attorney acknowledged that she was pleading no contest to the drug charges because of a “landslide” of evidence against her. Authorities have released videos recorded by officers that they claimed showed her and others conducting drug deals.
In the early morning of February 10, 2009, Croslin—who was Ronald Cummings’ girlfriend at the time but later married and divorced him—called 911 to report Haleigh missing. She claimed she had woken up in the middle of the night and Haleigh had vanished. The 5-year-old has not been seen since, but Putnam County investigators are treating the disappearance as a homicide.
Authorities have said the drug arrests had no connection to the Haleigh Cummings investigation, and they have denied allegations by Croslin’s attorney that the charges were an attempt to put pressure on the defendants to provide information about that case. “It was totally unrelated,” Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Johnny Greenwood told The St Augustine Record in August. “It’s really ironic how it happened.”