MARYLAND

Sentence in fatal shooting: A Calvert County man was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison after he admitted that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of first-degree felony murder.

Lenetrice Hall, 21, of Prince Frederick, was scheduled to stand trial on murder and attempted robbery charges yesterday for the fatal shooting in November 2001 of Norman "Pete" Keemer, 55. Instead, he entered an Alford plea, saying he does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the evidence was strong enough to convict him.

Calvert County Circuit Court Judge Marjorie L. Clagett sentenced Hall to life with all but 20 years suspended. According to prosecutors, the shooting was a botched attempt by Hall and his brother to rob Keemer.

Murder charge: Anne Arundel County police yesterday arrested a Severn man and charged him with murder in the slaying of an acquaintance whose body was found in a dumpster.

Byron A. Huff, 37, of the 1800 block of Richfield Drive, was charged in the slaying of Holly Jean Keefe, 34, a police spokesman said. Huff and Keefe had been drinking and using drugs at Huff's townhouse Monday, said Officer Charles Ravenell, the police spokesman. An argument over money turned violent, and Huff allegedly stabbed Keefe several times in the chest.

Charges dropped: The Howard County state's attorney has dropped all criminal charges against a Columbia man who had been named as a co-defendant in the Jan. 25 robbery and killing of DeShawn Anthony Wallace, a 23-year-old computer student.

Robert L. Burgess, 18, had been expected to stand trial next year on charges including first-degree murder. The trial against another defendant in the case, Tavon D. Sands, 21, ended in a mistrial this month.

VIRGINIA

Charge in Beltway incident: Virginia State Police said a 24-year-old Vienna man stood atop a sport-utility vehicle alongside the Capital Beltway during yesterday's morning rush hour wearing gold-colored briefs, gold booties and angel wings and has been charged with improperly stopping in an interstate.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Timothy Coburn works for a radio station and the costume was intended to be a promotion for this weekend's release of the new Harry Potter movie. Coburn was alongside the southbound lanes near Interstate 66, police said.

HOMICIDES

* A 30-year-old woman was found slain in a Woodburn area house yesterday, and investigators are seeking a man they called a "person of interest," Fairfax County police said.

Officers who responded to a call before 2 a.m. from a home in the 3400 block of Luttrell Road found the body of Edna Nineth Vega-Cordon in a bedroom, according to police and court documents. In a search warrant, investigators said Vega-Cordon's body had what appeared to be ligature marks on her upper body and a possible puncture wound. Police said they want to question Ludwig Manfredo Ramos-Vega, 21.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.