BEVERLY — The judge’s disappointment was hard to miss.
“This is one of those cases where I’m really not happy to be in charge,” Salem District Court Judge Matthew Machera told Katrina “Tree” Allison Wednesday. “I know how much you’ve accomplished. I just don’t know what you were thinking.”
Allison, 39, of Roxbury, who was shot in the leg at 14 in a playground inside the Franklin Hill projects in Boston, attended college, then became the office manager for Fields Corner Action Coalition. On Wednesday, she pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing cocaine.
“You understand this is going to be a felony conviction?” Machera asked, as he accepted her plea, the result of an agreement between her lawyer and the district attorney’s office.
Under the agreement, Allison was sentenced to two years in jail, but the sentence was suspended for two years. As long as Allison stays out of further trouble, she won’t have to serve time.
Allison was arrested on Dec. 30 after Beverly police, acting on information from an informant, set up a sting in which Allison agreed to travel up from Boston to sell $500 worth of crack cocaine.
Allison no longer works for the community action group.
Machera, a former prosecutor, oversaw the Suffok District Attorney’s Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, working with police and community groups like Four Corners.
“Whatever issues you have,” Machera said, “I hope you’re able to resolve them.”
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.