A Crime & Justice item in the Sept. 14 Metro section incorrectly said that Nancy J. Brookbank pleaded guilty in a Prince George's County child abuse case. Brookbank entered an Alford plea, which means she did not admit guilt but conceded that the state's evidence against her was sufficient to gain a conviction. (Published 9/15/2004)


Murder conviction: A Prince George's County jury convicted a Capitol Heights man yesterday of first-degree murder and a handgun violation in a shooting about two years ago.

The jury convicted Don Carlo Leake III, 25, in the Aug. 22, 2002, slaying of Anthony Spencer, 46. According to prosecutors, Leake initiated a fight with Spencer at Pard Road and Glacier Avenue in Capitol Heights. Leake then shot Spencer in the back of the head, prosecutors said.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Whalen is to sentence Leake on Nov. 18.

Officer shot: Authorities yesterday continued to investigate an incident in which an Anne Arundel County police officer was shot in the forearm while on patrol in Severn early Saturday, police said.

William E. Hicks, a county officer for two years, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police are searching for two unidentified suspects, a spokesman said.

The spokesman said Hicks was shot shortly before 2 a.m., as he struggled with a man who was firing a gun into the air behind the New Star Inn in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road. The spokesman said Hicks did not fire his weapon.

Guilty plea: A Waldorf woman who was to be retried for severely injuring an infant for whom she was babysitting nearly six years ago pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of child abuse.

Nancy J. Brookbank pleaded guilty in Prince George's Circuit Court to abusing Jack Sprague in December 1998. The child, who was 11 months old at the time, suffered a severe brain injury that authorities said has left him disabled for life. Brookbank was convicted of the felony charge in 2001 and was acquitted of first-degree assault. In 2003, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the conviction.

Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge Michael Whalen sentenced Brookbank to 15 years in prison, with all but five suspended, the same as her original sentence. Brookbank had served all but five months of that sentence when her conviction was overturned. Yesterday, Charles County State's Attorney Leonard C. Collins Jr. agreed not to ask Whalen to impose the remaining five months of the sentence.


Bullet hits cruiser: A bullet pierced the rear window of a D.C. police car yesterday afternoon in Southeast Washington.

An officer driving her vehicle in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE about 2:45 p.m. was not injured in the incident.

Police are investigating whether the officer was a target or if the shooting was random. No arrests have been made.


Man slain: A 26-year-old Manassas man was found fatally shot early Sunday in Manassas, police said.

The body of Corey Franklin, who had no fixed address, has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Fairfax County. His body was found shortly after 5 a.m. in the 9300 block of Garst Drive. Police said they have no suspects.

Officer injured: An Arlington County police officer was slightly injured yesterday when her vehicle collided with a stolen vehicle whose driver had run a stop sign while fleeing police, police said.

The officer, who was not identified, was treated at a hospital and released. Dennis Lee Girard, 26, the driver of the second vehicle, also was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was ejected from the vehicle during the collision at Shirlington Road and S. 24th Street, police said.

Girard, of the District, was charged with three felony counts, including conspiracy to commit grand larceny auto. An alleged accomplice, Eugene A. Kelly of the District, was charged with two felonies, including conspiracy to commit grand larceny auto, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.