March 16, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Man gets 25 years
in toddler’s death

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a District man to 25 years in prison Friday in the beating death of his then-girlfriend’s 20-month-old son.

Judge William M. Jackson sentenced Jonathan Fullard, 29, in the death of Keyontae Osbia Moore on March 4, 2012. Fullard had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Fullard told police that he was “play boxing” with the boy, striking his body with his fists five or six times, and in the head “by accident.” A medical examiner’s report said the boy had rib fractures and many bruises, according to court documents.

— Keith L. Alexander

46-year-old man held in fire fatality

A D.C. Superior Court judge Friday said he had “great concerns” about the mental health of a Southeast man charged with intentionally setting a fire that led to a 4-year-old girl’s death.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson ordered Jerome Calvary Lewis, 46, to remain in D.C. jail until trial. Lewis was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Samauri Jenkins after the fire Feb. 17 at his home in the 2600 block of 33rd Street SE.

In charging documents, detectives said police arrived to find the house on fire. Lewis climbed on the porch roof, broke a window and yelled: “I live here. I’m not coming down. I’m not crazy.”

Lewis’s attorney argued that there was no evidence that Lewis intended to set the fire. He said Lewis tried to break the window to search for victims.

— Keith L. Alexander

MARYLAND
Police make arrest
in auto-theft incident

Prince George’s County police said Saturday that they arrested a man who tried to take an off-duty D.C. police officer’s car and run him down with it.

Demetrice Littles, 19, of the 1800 block of M Street NE in the District was charged with ­first-degree assault and auto theft, police said.

The incident occurred at the officer’s home in Clinton.When the officer yelled for a would-be thief to get out of his car, he drove at the officer, who fired his gun, police said.

They said Littles was arrested after seeking help for a wound.

— Dana Hedgpeth

VIRGINIA
Homeless shelter’s permit is approved

The Arlington County Board voted unanimously Saturday in favor of a special-use permit that will let a homeless shelter operate near the courthouse.

The Homeless Services Center will have 50 permanent and 25 winter beds along with five medical respite beds on two floors of a seven-story, county-owned building at 2020 14th St. N.

When the board voted in November to spend $27.1 million on the building, which will also have office space for the county, residents of a nearby condominium called the shelter residents a safety threat. Others claimed that county officials had been unresponsive to their concerns.

Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada (D) said in a news release Saturday that the board will keep working with residents to address concerns. He said a liaison to the neighborhood and a neighborhood advisory committee will be set up. The center is expected to open in 2014.

— Patricia Sullivan

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