MARYLAND BRIEFING

MARYLAND BRIEFING

Saturday, May 12, 2007

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Students Accused of Threatening Remarks

Two students have been suspended from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg for making threatening comments, school system spokesman Brian Edwards said yesterday.

School officials learned this week that the students had made "broad statements" of intent to harm students, Edwards said. Police investigators found that the students had no weapons, no access to weapons and nothing else to indicate a fully formed plan, he said.

-- Daniel de Vise

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Two Men Get Life for Drug Gang Convictions

Two Prince George's County men have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in a violent drug-trafficking gang, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Sean A. Simpson, 24, of Suitland, and Norberto Quinones, 24, of Upper Marlboro, were sentenced Monday in federal court in Greenbelt by U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus. Titus recommended that Simpson and Quinones be housed in the most secure prison in the federal system and that they not have contact with co-defendant Lionel D. Gilliam, 23, of Forestville.

Authorities said the defendants distributed marijuana and crack cocaine from 2000 to 2002 in open-air drug markets in Prince George's. On Feb. 7, a federal jury convicted Simpson of two carjackings, a murder and a nonfatal shooting. The jury convicted Quinones of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Gilliam was convicted of four murders. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 18.


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