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Inmate’s mom convicted in smuggling plot with lawyer

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) The mother of a convicted murdered has been convicted of conspiring to smuggle drugs and a cellphone to her jailed son with an attorney who gained national attention on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Kimberly Walker-Debro entered Alford pleas in court Aug. 22 to two conspiracy charges. Under a plea agreement, she was sentenced to a 15-year suspended sentence, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Prosecutors said Walker-Debro collaborated with Richmond attorney Dana Tapper to smuggle a cellphone and Suboxone strips to Walker-Debro’s son, Karon Porter. He is serving a 30-year sentence for killing a Marine officer in a crash while fleeing police.

Tapper pleaded guilty and received a 20-year sentence with all but three months suspended. She also agreed to revocation of her law license. In 2013, DeGeneres recognized Tapper for her volunteer work helping minors transition out of juvenile detention centers.

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