Donna Best Hoffmann, a 19-year-old Suitland woman who was convicted last summer of helping five young men kill her husband, gave birth to a boy on Dec. 27 at University Hospital in Baltimore.

The baby was born a year and 12 days after Michael Hoffmann was shot to death on a road in southern Prince George's County. In November, during a court hearing over the disposition of Michael Hoffmann's estate, his widow told a judge that Hoffmann was the father of her unborn baby.

Mrs. Hoffmann is now serving a life sentence for her husband's murder at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup. Her boyfriend, John Penkert, who also was convicted of Hoffmann's murder, is serving a 30-year sentence at the state penitentiary in Baltimore.

According to court testimony, Mrs. Hoffmann helped plan her husband's murder with Penkert, drove her husband to the murder site and paid the gunman $100. At the time of the murder, the Hoffmanns had been married two months.

Mrs. Hoffmann was released from the hospital several days ago and is now back in jail, according to a jail spokesman. The baby remains in the hospital and a spokesman for its social services department would not comment on the baby's future.