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Maroney sentenced to 120 days, now in Sarasota jail

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Jenna Maroney, 24, whose medical emergency at her mother’s home in Holmes Beach turned into a struggle with police earlier this year, accepted a plea offer April 5 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail for drug charges and battery to a law enforcement officer.

           While in the Manatee County jail, Maroney was served with a violation of probation on a prior conviction from Sarasota County and authorities transferred her April 30 to the neighboring county jail.

             As part of the offer from the Manatee County state attorney, Maroney pleaded guilty to the Holmes Beach charges before Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan in exchange for the four-month jail sentence, a two-year driver’s license suspension and a requirement to submit biological specimens for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA data bank.

        Dunnigan assessed an $870 fine, and an additional $200 in Holmes Beach police investigative costs. The monetary judgment was entered April 19.

        Initially, Maroney had been charged with aggravated battery to a law enforcement officer, carrying a 30-year maximum sentence, but the charge was reduced. She faced a maximum of 11 years in jail, including the reduced charges, according to her plea agreement.

        The arrest occurred during an emergency call for a possible drug overdose in the 200 block of 71st Street. A medical services team arrived, and police responded as backup. Police reported she had just lost custody of her child, and the child was staying with her mother at that address.

        According to HBPD reports, a struggle with officers ensued, including her spitting on one of the officers.

        During the incident, police reported seeing a knife at the top of her purse, which was then searched for weapons or contraband. In their search, police found 18 small white squares, .055 ounces, which tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

        Since her Feb. 3 arrest and until her transfer to Sarasota County jail, Maroney had been in Manatee County jail.

        Maroney was transferred to answer for parole violations stemming from an April 2011 arrest and a conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

        Maroney was found guilty in Sarasota County in September 2011 on the charge, and was on probation at the time of her Holmes Beach arrest.

        According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website, also pending against Maroney are robbery and retail theft charges from Volusia County, for which $4,500 in bonds have been set.

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