MARYLAND BRIEFING

Thursday, September 28, 2006

ELLICOTT CITY CRIME

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Father

An Ellicott City man pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday to stabbing his father to death in December.

Jason Chen, 21, of the 4900 block of Webbed Foot Way initially told police he had seen his father, Yun Sen Chen, attack his mother, Lili Chen, with a steak knife Dec. 26, according to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney David A. Lank. The son told police he wrestled the knife away and killed his father, and his mother's first account agreed with that, Lank said.

But his mother said several weeks later that she had lied to protect herself and her son, Lank said. She said the fight had been between Jason Chen and his father. After Chen killed his father, he cut his mother with the knife, and she begged him to spare her life, Lank said.

A grand jury indicted Chen in January on first-degree murder and first-degree assault charges. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the assault charge and amended the murder charge to second-degree murder, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

He will be sentenced Dec. 8.

-- Nelson Hernandez

PRINCE GEORGE'S KILLING

Hyattsville Man Is Found Dead

A 24-year-old Hyattsville man was found in his home Tuesday evening dead of a gunshot wound, Prince George's County police said.

A witness came to the residence, in the 3400 block of Toledo Terrace, and discovered the body of Tyrese Emerson Simmons, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Debbi Carlson. She said there was no indication of robbery, and police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Police are offering a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information can call the police homicide unit at 301-772-4925.

-- Joshua Partlow

MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS

Student, 15, Charged in Threat

A 15-year-old Gaithersburg High School student who kept newspaper clippings of a recent school shooting in Canada and mentioned the Columbine school shootings was taken by police to a hospital for a mental evaluation after he threatened to shoot classmates earlier this week, according to Montgomery County police.

Police said they obtained a search warrant for the teenager's home, where they did not find a weapon or evidence suggesting that the teenager had access to one.

Police said the threat was reported to them Tuesday morning by school administrators. The teenager, who was not identified, will be charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault and disrupting school, police said.

-- Ernesto LondoƱo

NAVAL ACADEMY

Halt to Football Tradition Sought

Naval Academy officials, Annapolis officials and residents want to see an end to a decades-old tradition of football fans throwing candy to Naval Academy midshipmen while they march to Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Saturdays.

Residents living near the stadium told the Annapolis Capital newspaper the streets are littered with candy wrappers and covered with a slimy, squishy, nasty mess after games.

The Naval Academy wants the tradition to stop, spokeswoman Deborah Goode said. Although community support is appreciated, she said, the academy is concerned about injuries and litter.

City Administrator Bob Agee said cleaning up the mess requires a street cleaner and crews with brooms. He said city officials also hope the tradition is eliminated.

-- Associated Press

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