Friday, May 13, 2005


Teen-Slaying Sentence A Suitland teenager was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison for the beating death of a young man who was attacked because he offered to buy a girl a Slurpee.

In the Upper Marlboro courthouse, Circuit Court Judge Sherrie L. Krauser sentenced Emmanuel A. "Elmo" McClain, 16. In March, a Prince George's County jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the beating death of Michael A. Bassett, 18.

Bassett was killed last May after he offered to buy a Slurpee for a girl at a 7-Eleven store in Suitland. Prosecutors said McClain initiated the confrontation with Bassett.

A co-defendant is to go on trial May 31. A second co-defendant, a juvenile, is scheduled to have a hearing that day on whether he should be tried in juvenile court.

Murder Sentence A Capitol Heights man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison plus 20 years for killing a man during a carjacking last summer.

Circuit Court Judge James L. Lombardi sentenced Deangelo A. Hargrove, 20, in the death of Donte T. Lewis, 18.

According to Prince George's County prosecutors, Hargrove fatally shot Lewis in Capitol Heights in July while Lewis was talking to a woman outside a building. Hargrove then stole Lewis's Lincoln Continental, prosecutors said.

Fatal Shooting A man was found shot to death yesterday on a bike path in the Mount Rainier neighborhood of Prince George's County, near the District line.

Residents heard gunshots about midnight, and officers found the body of Leonard Samuel Webster, 33, of the 4000 block of Webster Street about 6:40 a.m., officers said. Webster was found in the 3300 block of Buchanan Street. Police said Webster was released from prison in 2002 after being a murder conviction. Detectives said they did not have any suspects.


Award Raised D.C. police yesterday increased the reward to $80,000 for information in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Donte Manning in Northwest Washington, officials said yesterday.

Donte was shot in the head as he played outside his apartment building in Columbia Heights on March 24. He died from his injuries April 26. Police have boosted the reward three times since the shooting, saying they were frustrated at the lack of cooperation and tips. Police urge anyone with information to call 202-727-9099.


Teen Transferred A 14-year-old Fort Belvoir boy being held in the Fairfax County juvenile detention center while awaiting trial on a murder charge was transferred yesterday to the adult jail after prosecutors said he had "visions" of killing other youths housed with him.

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