A Crime & Justice item in the Sept. 23 Metro section mischaracterized the outcome of a case involving Potomac lawyer Maqsood Mir. A federal jury found Mir guilty of immigration fraud but acquitted him on two conspiracy charges. His law firm, Mir Law Associates, was convicted on the conspiracy charges. (Published 9/29/2005)


Sentence in Slaying A Northeast Washington man who pleaded guilty to murdering a popular youth basketball coach in front of the coach's 11-year-old son in Riverdale in February was sentenced yesterday by a Prince George's County judge to 20 years in prison.

Byron Israel, 19, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Richard H. Sothoron Jr. Israel pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to first-degree felony murder.

Robert Lee Gail, a Metrobus driver who lived in New Carrollton, was attacked Feb. 14 after the Toyota 4Runner he was driving collided with a stolen Chevrolet Blazer in which Israel was a passenger. The triggerman, Lawrence I. Green, 22, of Lanham, has pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder. He is to be sentenced Oct. 6.

Immigration Fraud A Potomac lawyer convicted of immigration fraud has been sentenced by a federal judge to serve 61/2 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced yesterday.

In April, a federal jury in Greenbelt found Maqsood Mir, 52, guilty of filing documents that allowed unauthorized immigrants to enter or remain in the United States. The jury found that Mir conspired with a Virginia businessman to sell labor certification documents -- which confer certain immigration benefits -- to immigrants who did not qualify for them.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. also ordered Mir to pay $25,000 and demanded $200,000 from his law firm, Mir Law Associates.

Two Slain Prince George's County detectives are investigating what they believe are two unrelated homicides that happened less than an hour apart Wednesday night, police said.

About 10 p.m., police found Eno Worthy, 24, suffering from a stab wound in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights, where he lived. He died at a hospital.

About 10:45 p.m., an unidentified man was found in the 3500 block of Windom Road in Brentwood. He had been shot in the upper body.


Instructor Charged A Fairfax County driving instructor was charged with inappropriately touching a student as he gave her driving lessons, police said yesterday.

Syed Muhammad Naqui, 50, of Fairfax faces one count of assault and two counts of sexual battery. Police said he touched a 20-year-old Centreville woman during driving lessons in the Chantilly area between Aug. 6 and Sept. 8.

Campus Assault The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported rape Tuesday night on the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

An 18-year-old woman told deputies that a man in his late teens to early twenties, whom she had met in the student lounge on the Sterling campus, made unwanted advances and sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as tall with a slim build, dark eyes and short dark curly hair. He was last seen wearing a red jersey with elbow-length sleeves and blue or black baggy pants. Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact police at 703-777-0475.

Sex Assault A 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted Wednesday night behind an elementary school as she walked home from the Dunn Loring Metro station, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The woman took a shortcut on a path next to Stenwood Elementary School about 10:15 p.m., police said. She was then grabbed by a man who dragged her into a wooded area behind the school and sexually assaulted her.



* A 41-year-old man was slain in Southeast Washington yesterday morning, D.C. police said. Gregory Sam was found fatally shot about 6 a.m. in the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE, police said. Sam, who lived in that block, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.