Killer Released After 1 Year
A 17-year-old girl who admitted killing her 3-year-old daughter in a fit of depression and anger is free to leave jail after one year to live with Carmelite nuns, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled yesterday.
Judge Patricia A. Wynn sentenced Syliva Berrios to the year she already has spent behind bars in the August 1998 death of her daughter, Maria. Berrios, who has a 2-year-old son, must serve five years on probation, live with the Carmelite Sisters of Charity, undergo "long-term psychotherapy" and take English lessons and parenting classes, Wynn ruled.
Wynn, speaking of the heartbreak of one child who died "at the hands of another child," also said that Berrios, a Salvadoran immigrant, took responsibility for the death and does not deserve to be deported. Berrios pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, punishable by as many as 30 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a term of four years to 12 years.
"What I want to say is sorry to my daughter, that I am sorry for what I did to her, that it was a mistake on my part," Berrios told Wynn. Her attorney spoke of a "confluence of tragedies" and said Berrios was raped by two men as a young girl.
Pa. Man Jailed for Threats
A Philadelphia area man who authorities said has a history of mental illness and violent behavior was ordered jailed without bond yesterday on a charge that he threatened to harm President Clinton.
Daniel F. Hendrie, 47, was arrested by the Secret Service on Tuesday after he showed up at the federal courthouse in Washington and tried to file a civil lawsuit against Clinton and other officials. Authorities said Hendrie made threatening remarks about Clinton while talking with two court clerks.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay yesterday ordered that Hendrie be taken to a federal prison facility in Butner, N.C., for at least 30 days of psychiatric evaluation. Hendrie protested the decision, portraying himself as the victim of an international scheme that has cost him trillions of dollars.
In an arrest affidavit, the Secret Service said Hendrie came to the Washington area several weeks ago after serving a 10-year prison sentence in Bucks County, Pa., for various offenses. He spent part of his term in a mental health facility, the affidavit said.
Once Hendrie got to Washington, the Secret Service said, he spent thousands of dollars on chauffeurs and first-class hotels before running out of money and winding up homeless, the affidavit said. He allegedly showed up at the White House, Capitol and various embassies in the weeks before the courthouse incident, repeatedly drawing the attention of the Secret Service.
Life Sentences in Murder Case
A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge yesterday sentenced two men who were convicted last month of murdering a young Seat Pleasant man to life in prison without parole.
Circuit Court Judge Richard H. Sothoron Jr. sentenced Nathaniel Damian Marr and Curtis Windell Alston, both 22, who were each convicted of first-degree murder in the Dec. 2 slaying of Arthur Carroll. Carroll, 22, was shot to death shortly after he stepped into a cab outside his Seat Pleasant home. The cabdriver was wounded but not seriously injured.
Marr was also sentenced to 20 years for use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and 20 years for first-degree assault. Those terms are to be served consecutively. Alston was also sentenced to 20 years for use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, to be served consecutively.
Marr attacked Carroll to avenge the murder of his cousin, Ronald Anthony "Cheese" Muse, 21, who was robbed and slain last Nov. 29. Carroll shot Muse to death, according to prosecutors and testimony in the Marr and Alston trials.
Young to Be Tried in Arundel
Former state senator Larry Young's trial on bribery and extortion charges will remain in Anne Arundel County, Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Manck ruled yesterday.
Young had sought to have the charges dismissed or his trial moved to Baltimore, where he had once represented Maryland's 44th legislative district.
Young had argued that his power as a legislator was granted to him by voters in his district. But Manck ruled that "the locus of a legislator's legal duties clearly emanates from the seat of government, Annapolis," which is in Anne Arundel County.
Young's trial is to begin Sept. 13. He was the first senator in Maryland history to be expelled from the General Assembly after an inquiry by the legislature's ethics committee found he had disgraced his office. After an investigation by State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli, an Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted Young in December.