Former state Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn was sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking bribes in exchange for political favors.
Her prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release and the payment of over $35,000 in restitution, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled today.
“Cheryl Glenn solicited and accepted more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for official actions instead of doing her duty and putting the interests of the public above her own,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said. “Cheryl Glenn will now pay the price for her greed by serving time in federal prison.”
Hur had asked for three years of prison, while Glenn, 69, had sought home detention, citing her age, medical condition and the Covid pandemic.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons will now determine what facility she will be assigned to and when her sentence begins, Hur’s office told The Brew.
“God and Cheryl Glenn”
Until her resignation last December, Glenn represented northeast Baltimore’s 45th District. She pleaded guilty to taking multiple bribes over the space of a year to introduce or advance legislation in exchange for money.
In return for cash, she agreed to vote to increase the number of medical marijuana licenses, decrease the experience needed by medical directors at opioid treatment clinics and introduce legislation to create a liquor license for a planned restaurant on Belair Road.
A four-term Democratic legislator, she was chair of the Banking, Consumer Protection and Commercial Law Subcommittee, vice chair of the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, chair of the Baltimore City delegation and former chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
In a wiretap used as evidence, Glenn was heard responding to a businessman who asked how a person obtains a marijuana license in Maryland without hiring a high-priced lobbyist.
“They know God and Cheryl Glenn,” she replied.