PRINCE GEORGE — A Virginia woman 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 Thursday to two conspiracy charges. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that under a plea agreement, she was given a 15-year suspended sentence.
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. In 2013, when Tapper was a third-year law student at the University of Virginia, DeGeneres recognized her for her volunteer work helping minors transition out of juvenile detention centers.