MARYLAND

Plea in Coach's Death A Lanham man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Robert Lee Gail, a popular youth basketball coach.

Prosecutors said Lawrence Green killed Gail on Feb. 14 in Riverdale as Gail, a coach at the New Carrollton Boys and Girls Club, was driving his 11-year-old son to a gym. Gail became involved in a traffic accident with Green and Byron Lee Israel, who police say were fleeing in a stolen vehicle after a home invasion. Green shot Gail after a confrontation, police say.

Green also pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault in connection with the home invasion. He is to be sentenced Oct. 6. Israel pleaded guilty to murder Aug. 9 and is to be sentenced Sept. 22.

Marijuana Crop Police have found and destroyed a crop of marijuana plants growing on public land in Wheaton, authorities said.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police said 120 marijuana plants were recently discovered growing in the Matthew Henson Greenway near Georgia and Hewitt avenues. The plants, estimated by police to have a street value of $100,000, were removed Wednesday.

Drug Sentence A federal judge sentenced an Annapolis man to more than 12 years in prison yesterday for conspiring to distribute drugs near the Eastport Terrace public housing complex.

As part of a plea agreement, Vincent W. Blair Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base in the vicinity of public housing.

THE DISTRICT

Fatal Beating A 50-year-old man who was badly beaten last week in Southeast Washington died Wednesday from his injuries, D.C. police said.

Police officials said officers were called to the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE about 11:15 a.m. Saturday for a report of someone tampering with a parked car. When police arrived, they found Warren Burnett being held at the scene by a citizen, authorities said.

Police arrested Burnett on charges of tampering with the car. Later, Burnett complained about receiving a head injury before police arrived. He was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he died.

Suspect Escapes A 19-year-old man charged in a nonfatal shooting escaped from D.C. police custody this week -- by walking out an unlocked door, authorities said.

Tinsley Miller was arrested Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to kill in the Sept. 2 shooting of a man in Southeast Washington, police said.

After questioning Miller at the department's Violent Crimes Branch in Southeast Washington, detectives left him alone in the interview room. Miller, who was not handcuffed, then walked out of the office, which is in a shopping mall. Police officials are investigating the matter. Police urged anyone with information about Miller's whereabouts to call them at 202-727-9099.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.

Tinsley Miller walked out an unlocked door, police said.