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CRIME & JUSTICE

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page B02

MARYLAND

Sentence in Slaying A Montgomery County judge sentenced a Chevy Chase man yesterday to five years in prison for his role in the death last summer of a 71-year-old psychiatric social worker.

Roger M. Greenberg, 64, pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Joyce Hadl. Circuit Court Judge Louise G. Scrivener yesterday gave Greenberg the maximum possible sentence.

Susan Lynn Sachs, who had rented a room in Hadl's Chevy Chase home, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death. In February, Sachs was ruled not competent to stand trial. Greenberg helped Sachs clean up after killing Hadl and helped Sachs dispose of the body, prosecutors said.

VIRGINIA

Attempted Robbery Loudoun County investigators are searching for a man who donned a floral-print dress, a dark wig, a purse and white gloves during an attempted bank robbery in Sterling on Tuesday.

Authorities said a 6-foot-3 man strode into the Washington First Bank in Cedar Lake Plaza shortly after 3 p.m. and handed a note demanding money to a teller. The man implied he had a weapon, authorities said. But before the teller handed over the cash, the man left and fled in a dark-colored car, sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Loudoun County sheriff's office at 703-777-0475.

Shooting Investigation A review by Loudoun County's top prosecutor and a sheriff's office investigation have found that the fatal shooting of an armed man by a sheriff's deputy in March was justified.

Deputy Travis Westgate shot and killed Ashburn resident John E. Howard, 47, on March 18 while responding to a domestic abuse complaint at Howard's home. The internal investigation found that Howard wielded a firearm, defied deputies' orders to drop it and fired two shots. Westgate fired once after Howard raised the weapon in the direction of a deputy, the investigation found. Howard was struck in the torso and later died.

In a letter released yesterday, Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman wrote that he reviewed the investigation and concluded that the shooting was "unfortunate" but "justified given all surrounding factors." Westgate, who was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, is to return to work today, officials said.

Evaluation Ordered A Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge ordered a second psychiatric evaluation yesterday for a man charged with capital murder.

Brandon M. Crawford, who was 17 at the time the killing occurred, is charged in the Sept. 12, 2001, stabbing death of Paul R. Domaszek. Crawford, now 20, was charged in the slaying after DNA evidence collected from an unrelated Virginia Beach killing implicated him. Crawford is serving a life sentence in the Virginia Beach slaying.

After hearing conflicting accounts concerning Crawford's mental state and competency, Judge Janice J. Brice granted defense attorney Laura J. Fenn's request for a second evaluation. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Timothy M. Olmstead argued that Crawford was faking mental illness to avoid standing trial in a case that could cost him his life.

The second competency report will be heard June 27.

Trial Set An Aug. 16 trial date has been set for a Spotsylvania County woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in her dog's mauling of an 82-year-old neighbor.

Deanna Large, 36, pleaded not guilty yesterday to the manslaughter count and three counts of letting her pit bull dogs run at large.

Dorothy Sullivan died March 8 after three of Large's pit bulls attacked. If convicted, Large could be sentenced to a maximum of 13 years in jail.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.


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