AUGUSTA — A Waterville woman was sentenced Thursday to five years behind bars with remainder of her 15-year sentence suspended while she spends four years on probation.

The sentence for Dolly Carpenter, 50, followed her guilty pleas at the Capital Judicial Center to charges of aggravated trafficking related to her twice selling cocaine base from her Summer Street apartment last year.

She was arrested in January, and her attorney, Charles T. Ferris, said Carpenter hoped to be released from jail for a short stay to organize her things, which are in a moving truck, and help her two disabled adult children.

“She would be willing to wear an ankle bracelet,” Ferris said.

Justice William Stokes denied Carpenter’s request, saying, “I do not feel comfortable at all with granting a stay.”

At the same hearing, Carpenter pleaded guilty to violating conditions of her probation on a June 2016 aggravated trafficking conviction and was ordered to serve the remaining four years of that suspended sentence.


The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley, said the trafficking on Aug. 8, 2017, and Sept. 12, 2017, involved Carpenter selling a half gram of cocaine base for $100 to an individual working with officers of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“She took the buy money and gave the cocaine base to the cooperating individual,” Sibley said.

Conditions of Carpenter’s probation prohibit her from use and possession of alcohol and illegal drugs and order her to undergo substance abuse counseling and psychological evaluation.

Stokes suspended the two $400 fines, saying that Carpenter has a number of outstanding fines already.

A charge of unlawful trafficking in cocaine base, dated Jan. 3, 2018, was dismissed in exchange for Carpenter’s pleas to the other offenses.

Sibley noted that Carpenter’s criminal history dates back for about 20 years, and including convictions for drug offenses, theft, forgery and tampering with a victim.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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