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Tuesday, February 15, 2005; Page B02


Guilty plea: A Baltimore man pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday to first-degree murder and related charges in a 2003 armed robbery that ended with the shooting death of a Jessup deli owner and the theft of $125,000.

Reginald Venable Jr., 46, will be sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the killing of Kwang Jun Kim in October 2003. Kim, 53, was shot outside Jessup Plaza Deli & Convenience as he carried a bank bag holding $125,000 to his store, which offered check-cashing services.

Venable's co-defendant, Walter Blannon, was found guilty of similar charges by a jury this month. The two were apprehended after a chase that ended in Baltimore. Venable got out of the car and pointed a gun at a police officer, who shot Venable three times. Venable was seriously wounded but recovered.

Stabbing sentence: A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court to first-degree assault in the stabbing of his former girlfriend, a security guard at Howard Community College. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Gilbert Lee Redmond, 29, attacked Laquisha Harvey, 26, last March 29 as she got out of her car to begin work on the school's campus. He stabbed her in the head and neck several times, according to police. During the attack, Redmond dropped the knife, and Harvey, who was on the ground, rolled on top of it, blocking him from picking it up again, police said.

Redmond was arrested several days later. Harvey recovered from her wounds.


Prostitution business: Five people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in connection with a prostitution business at a Manassas residence, Detective Dennis Mangan, a police spokesman, said.

Jose Luis Figaro, 50, who lives at the house in the 9700 block of Lomond Drive where the acts allegedly occurred, was charged with receiving money for prostitution, keeping a bawdy place and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Mangan said.

Dominga Rodriguez Ortiz, 42, was charged with prostitution. Johanna Mateo, 26, of the 9700 block of Lomond Drive, was charged with prostitution. A 17-year-old girl also was charged with prostitution. The four are being held without bond, the Associated Press said.

Luis Diaz, 42, of the 8000 block of Urbanna Drive near Manassas, was charged with solicitation of prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released on $5,000 bond.

Animal cruelty: A 38-year-old Manassas woman convicted of animal cruelty charges was sentenced to two days in jail yesterday after she left pit bulls in her back yard that were so famished that one was eating the carcass of another.

In December, animal control officers found the three pit bulls in the feces-laden back yard of Karen Morris, of the 9200 block of Taney Road. One officer observed an emaciated female dog chewing on the corpse of another.

Judge Craig Johnston said he sentenced her to jail as a message that she not harm animals again.

Shooting suspect: A suspect in the nonfatal shooting of two men in October was arrested over the weekend, according to Prince William County police. David L. Stokes, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Stokes was found Saturday night or Sunday morning by a federal fugitive task force and Prince William police in a neighborhood northeast of Baltimore, Mangan said.

Stokes is the second man to be arrested in connection with the Oct. 13 attack on two men in a Woodbridge subdivision.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.

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