VIRGINIA

25-Year Term in Wife's Slaying

A Manassas Park man who strangled his estranged wife and concealed her body for more than a year while family members searched for her was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison.

James B. Moore, 36, apologized to his wife's family while shedding tears in Prince William County Circuit Court. Moore pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Moore killed his estranged wife, Lisa Maureen Moore, 32, on Jan. 7, 1998, and then buried her body in a shallow grave in a wooded area of Manassas.

For the next year, Moore said he had no idea what had happened to his wife and pretended to help family members and authorities search for her.

Shortly after the anniversary of his wife's disappearance, Moore came forward and detailed the slaying for detectives. He also led police to her remains.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 15 years suspended.

Ex-Husband Charged in Fatal Stabbing

A Falls Church man who allegedly stabbed his ex-wife to death in her Centreville home, then apparently stabbed himself, was served with a warrant charging him with murder as he lay in a Fairfax hospital bed, police said yesterday.

Phuong N. Ho, 46, of the 3200 block of Kenney Drive, is accused in the death of his former wife, Lien T.B. Ho, 41, of 6500 Wheat Mill Way.

The Hos were divorced in April after nearly 20 years of marriage, and Lien Ho had obtained a protective order last week against her ex-husband after he allegedly tried to attack her earlier this month.

Court records indicated that a protective order was found inside Phuong Ho's minivan, parked a block away from his family's home.

Police discovered a gruesome scene when they stepped into the basement of the Wheat Mill Way home about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A bathroom door had been ripped from its hinges and tossed aside, according to a police affidavit, and Phuong Ho was found lying on top of Lien Ho in the blood-spattered bathroom.

Several knives were found on the bathroom floor, and Lien Ho "had obviously been murdered," homicide detective Dennis L. Harris wrote.

Phuong Ho suffered stab wounds to his upper body, and he was listed in fair condition yesterday at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

THE DISTRICT

Victims of Fatal Shooting Identified

The victims of a shooting Wednesday night were identified by D.C. police yesterday.

Dontae Dandridge, 17, of the 2200 block of Bryan Place SE, was shot and killed in the 1300 block of Howard Road SE, police said. He was transported to the D.C. medical examiner's office, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m.

Jerome Anderson, of the 1300 block of Howard Road SE, also was shot and killed. He was taken to D.C. General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

MARYLAND

Man Kidnapped by Armed Robbers

A Capitol Heights man was kidnapped early yesterday by two armed robbers who broke into his home and stole his car, Prince George's County police said.

Police said two men armed with handguns forced their way into an apartment in the 1500 block of Boundary Avenue in Capitol Heights about 4 a.m. and tied up two women and a man who were sleeping in a rear bedroom.

A fourth person in the apartment--identified as Larry Antonio Williamson, 29--was abducted by the gunmen, who also stole cash and Williamson's 1990 Nissan 300ZX, police said.