Misty Croslin's 2nd Sentence 25 Years

Putnam County Sentence To Be Served Concurrent With St. Johns Sentence

PALATKA, Fla. - Misty Croslin, the teenager who was the last person to see 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings before the girl disappeared in February 2009, has been sentenced to 25 years on drug charges from Putnam County.

The time will be served concurrently with the 25-year sentence she is already serving on a St. Johns County conviction of trafficking in oxycodone.

In addition to the prison time, Croslin will receive five years of probation, a $1.25 million fine and mandatory drug rehabilitation.


Croslin could have faced up seven years on each of seven drug trafficking charges she pleaded guilty to last year.

"I am not a drug dealer," a tearful Croslin told the judge Monday at her sentencing hearing. "I have made some bad choices, and I know I have to take what I have done, and I just ask that you give me another chance."

Her father, Hank Croslin Sr., made the same plea to the judge.

"She was not a drug dealer. She never was," he said. "She just got caught acting stupid. She never sold drugs in her life. I don't believe she took too many of them. I just ask the court be lenient, please."

Croslin; Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings; brother, Hank Croslin Jr.; and two others were arrested in January 2010 in an undercover sting and charged with selling prescription drugs in January.

Prosecutors released surveillance videos they said shows undercover drug deals involving Misty Croslin and Ronald Cummings.

Last summer, Croslin's attorney, Robert Fields, told the judge that a "landslide of evidence," including the undercover video, led to her to plead no contest to the St. Johns County charges.

Misty Croslin is the last of the five arrested to be sentenced. Ronald Cummings and Hank Croslin Jr. both received 15-year sentences.

During the October sentencing hearing, Croslin told Judge Wendy Berger that she was raped between the ages of 7 and 14 by two people while she was taking care of her great-grandmother. She said that while Ronald Cummings was rough with her, it was an upgrade in her life and she loved him.

During the St. Johns County sentencing hearing, Croslin's lawyer tried to point out that his client was set up in the drug deal. He said investigators just wanted to get her in jail to get information in the Haleigh case.

Authorities have maintained that the drug charges have no connection to the ongoing investigation of Haleigh's disappearance, which they now consider a homicide case.

Haleigh was 5 years old when she vanished from her home in Satsuma, in southern Putnam County. Croslin, who was Ronald's girlfriend when Haleigh disappeared, married and divorced him within six months.

Even with little to no physical evidence, deputies are treating Haleigh's disappearance as a homicide, and investigators have continued questioning the Croslins while in jail hoping to learn new information.

Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's mother, was in the courtroom Monday, but she said she wasn't too concerned with the outcome of the sentencing.

"I don't care about her or her family. All I want is my baby home," Sheffield said.

Sheffield said there are no answers to Haleigh's disappearance, and she believes Croslin knows where he daughter is.

"It's all in her hands," Sheffield said. "She has the answers, not me. I was not there."

Detectives said Monday that the investigation is still active nearly two years after Haleigh went missing.

"Just tell the truth," Sheffield said. "You say you love my children, why do this? God will remember one day. He will give me answers."

"Where is the justice for Haleigh?" said Theresa Neves, Haleigh's grandmother and Ronald Cummings' mother. "It's hard to see Misty because we want to know where Haleigh is, but 25 years today is no more than what she had.

Neves said she spoke to her son in prison over the holidays.

"Ronald wants to know where his daughter is," she said. "That has always been his main objective. He has never let go that he wants somebody to find Haleigh. We want Haleigh to come home."

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