MARYLAND

Farmer Gets Probation for Assault

A Prince George's County judge yesterday sentenced a former Upper Marlboro farm owner who pleaded guilty to assaulting a farmhand to two years of supervised probation. The man must also undergo psychological counseling to deal with his anger.

Circuit Court Judge Larnzell Martin Jr. sentenced Jerry Lee Holly, 54, to four years in prison for second-degree assault and three years in prison for carrying a dangerous weapon, but suspended both sentences. Martin ordered Holly to pay $3,500 in fines.

Holly pleaded guilty earlier this year to assaulting David Wood, one of his workers, on Sept. 14, 1998. According to police charging documents, Holly used a baseball bat to beat Wood about his back and shoulders. Wood suffered severe bruising and swelling, according to charging documents.

Wood later wrote a notarized letter to Martin saying he was partly at fault for the incident and asking the judge not to imprison Holly, who now lives in Florida. Citing the aggressiveness of the attack, Assistant State's Attorney Tara Harrison yesterday asked Martin to levy the maximum sentence of four years in prison. Holly initially had been charged with assaulting two other workers; those charges were dropped when the victims did not show up for court appearances, Harrison said.

THE DISTRICT

Court Cashier Charged With Stealing

An employee of the Paternity and Child Support Branch of D.C. Superior Court was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing money intended for child support payments.

As a cashier for the court, Josetta Addison, 33, of the 2500 block of 18th Street SE, received payments and issued receipts. Agents of the office of internal affairs began investigating this month after a man appeared before a D.C. Superior Court judge and discovered he had not been credited with a child support payment. The man produced a handwritten receipt for the payment that allegedly was generated by Addison.

A Superior Court arrest warrant charged Addison with first-degree theft. She turned herself in yesterday at the D.C. police department's internal affairs office.

The investigation continues.

VIRGINIA

Biker Gang's Loot Auctioned Off

Video cameras went cheap, but knives and swords that once belonged to the Renegades biker gang fetched a good price at a federal auction in Norfolk this week.

Hundreds of items were auctioned off, with some of the highest bids coming from gang members' relatives and friends, eager to get back such belongings as a Marine sword with a 32-inch blade and a gold-and-ivory handle (auctioned for $200), a stiletto emblazoned with a Nazi emblem ($140) and a 1918 knife with a handle of brass knuckles ($50).

Among the more expensive items was a Southern-theme shadow box containing a Confederate flag, a portrait of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, a sword and a glove--which fetched $350.

The items were among hundreds seized during a federal investigation of the Renegades motorcycle club and its involvement in a methamphetamine distribution ring. The items ultimately were forfeited to the federal government.