Man Gets 27 Years in Shooting

Douglas D. Carter, of Marshall, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison for killing his sister's boyfriend with a shotgun.

"I care for you," Judge William Shore Robertson, of Fauquier County Circuit Court, told Carter, 33. But the judge said he had no choice but to impose the stiff sentence because he also cared for the family of Jimmy Melvin, 46, who was shot to death May 22, 1998.

Carter pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder. He wept in court Tuesday as he recalled his actions, contending that he was drunk and afraid of Melvin at the time of the shooting.

According to police, Carter confronted Melvin outside his sister's house on Elihu Hill Road in Marshall, then went home and returned with a shotgun, turning it on Carter as he sat in a lawn chair.

"God knows I don't know why it happened," said Carter, the father of two young children. "I pray that the Melvins can forgive me. . . . I pray to the Lord for forgiveness."

Crash Ends Chase; Man Charged

A Pennsylvania man was charged Tuesday with sexual assault after leading police on a car chase, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies said they encountered the man, Larry L. Garner, when they were called to a house on Bethel Academy Road about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. They said Garner eluded them by driving his Cadillac through a fence and heading west on Interstate 66, where he was pursued at speeds of more than 100 mph.

Garner exited on Route 17 near Delaplane and drove into a ditch at Route 50, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy ordered Garner from the vehicle, but when Garner ignored the commands, the deputy fired two shots at him, missing each time.

The pursuit resumed, ending when Garner wrecked his car on Route 50. He was being held without bond on the sexual assault charge and several other charges.

2 Men Arrested in Burglaries

Another high-speed chase resulted Wednesday in a wreck in Centreville and the arrest of two burglary suspects.

One of the suspects has been identified as John Esposito, 42, of Fairfax Station. Authorities said the other suspect is a 17-year-old.

According to sheriff's Capt. Fred Pfeiff, the chase began after a homeowner in The Plains reported seeing two men robbing his house about 6:15 p.m. A short time later, deputies received three more burglary reports with similar descriptions of the men and their truck.

Pfeiff said deputies spotted the Ford Ranger pickup with the two men inside and pursued it east on Interstate 66 as the younger man threw items--including a chain saw and a weeding machine--into the path of their cruisers.

The chase ended when the pickup exited on Route 29 and collided with a car near Village Drive in Centreville.

The driver of that car was not seriously injured, Pfeiff said. Esposito and the 17-year-old were being held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center. They were charged with several counts of larceny, burglary and traffic violations, Pfeiff said.