CRIME & JUSTICE

Thursday, January 19, 2006

MARYLAND

Suspects Extradited Two Gaithersburg men charged with first-degree murder in the December killing of a Rockville man are being held without bond in Montgomery County after being extradited from New Jersey on Friday.

Amilcar Nolasco-Chicas, 26, and his brother Osmin Nolasco-Martinez, 23, are accused of killing Rigoberto Quintanilla, 43, whose body was found Dec. 27 in the basement of his townhouse on Pasture Side Place. Police said the suspects attacked Quintanilla while drinking at his house. No motive was revealed.

Drug Indictments A Millersville couple were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in connection with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced.

The four-count indictment charges Michael Beil, 43, and his wife, Sheila Beil, 39, with using their Anne Arundel County home on Discus Mill Road to make, sell and use the drug. Their arraignment is pending.

VIRGINIA

Slaying Conviction A Temple Hills man was convicted of killing a Camp Springs man during a failed robbery near the Springfield Mall in Fairfax County, federal authorities said yesterday. He could face up to life in prison at his sentencing in April.

Fairfax police found James Ridley, 25, shot three times inside his car on Dec. 30, 2004. Ballistics tests linked the bullets that killed Ridley to a shooting two months earlier in Spotsylvania County in which a man was wounded.

Investigators believe Ridley had gone to the mall to buy a gun from James Arness Erby, 28. Testimony at Erby's trial in federal court in Alexandria showed that Erby also was a regular dealer of the drug Ecstasy in Spotsylvania. A jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Erby on Tuesday of two counts of being a felon in possession of a gun, and one count each of drug conspiracy and using a gun during a drug crime.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.


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