Mike Flynn, right, providing protection for Ravens' quarterback. (Preston Keres/THE WASHINGTON POST)

"This is a mother who would stand in front of a child and lie about needing a bone-marrow transplant," Mary Flynn, the former Raven's wife, told Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II. She said Cohen, a neighbor, had befriended her and sometimes helped out with Flynn's own two children — one of them now 4 years old, the other 20 months — which helped the women bond.

With the benefit of hindsight, Flynn said, "I know for a fact that this was a professional hit," a deliberate attempt to take advantage of their "celebrity status."

When asked by the judge whether she wished to address the court, Cohen apologized to the Flynns and blamed her behavior on "alcohol, pills and cocaine." She said she has been clean for 14 months with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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