MARYLAND

Traffickers Sentenced A federal judge in Maryland meted out lengthy prison sentences on Monday to four Prince George's County men convicted by a federal jury in June of cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. sentenced Stephon Mason, 31, of Fort Washington to life plus five years; Deone A. Melvin, 26, of Lanham to 45 years; Ramone S. Jones, 27, of Upper Marlboro to 30 years; and Adrian Alexander, 28, of Suitland, to 24 years and seven months.

The men were involved in a sophisticated trafficking ring that used hidden compartments in vehicles to transport hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from New York to the Washington area, Maryland U.S Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said. Each also was convicted of federal firearms offenses.

Carjackings Plea A D.C. man pleaded guilty yesterday in four carjackings that occurred over a six-hour period last December.

Phillip R. Turner, 20, entered the plea before Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Steven I. Platt. Turner admitted to the spree in and around Hyattsville, Greenbelt, College Park and Mount Rainier, State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said. Turner and three codefendants carjacked and robbed 10 victims, Ivey said. Turner will be sentenced Nov. 4.

Fatal Stabbing Medical examiners determined that a 15-year-old Rockville High School student assaulted Friday night after a football game was stabbed to death, Montgomery County police said yesterday.

Kanisha Neal did not suffer "any significant signs of blunt force trauma," and there was no evidence that she was run over by a vehicle as was rumored, police said. A 15-year-old Sherwood High School student has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Guilty Plea A Silver Spring paralegal has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit immigration fraud, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced yesterday.

Elnor Veliev, 21, admitted in a plea agreement that he and others, including two lawyers, submitted fraudulent immigration documents in more than 200 cases to obtain permanent residency permits for foreigners through an employment-based visa program, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.

THE DISTRICT

HOMICIDES

* A man was killed last night in the Petworth area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The man collapsed near 13th and Quincy streets about 7:30 p.m., said Cmdr. Hilton Burton of the 4th Police District. The nature of the victim's wounds was not immediately clear to investigators, Burton said, but police believe that he was stabbed inside a sport-utility vehicle and that he then wandered on foot through a nearby alley.

Police believe the man collapsed at the intersection a short time later. Investigators followed a trail of blood from inside the vehicle, which was parked in the 1300 block of Quincy Street, to the area where he was found, Burton said.

The man, whose name was not released immediately, died after being transported to Washington Hospital Center.

VIRGINIA

Body Found A woman's body was found yesterday lying next to a large utility box along Lee Highway in the Falls Church area, and Fairfax County police said her death was a homicide.

The woman's name and approximate age were not released, and police would say only that she had suffered blunt force trauma to her upper body. A landscape worker found the woman's body about 9:50 a.m. in a utility easement between a house in the 7200 block of Lee Highway and the back of houses on Devonshire Gardens Court, police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said.

Mulrenan said the body did not appear to have been there for many days. Neighbors said that they heard no commotion and that they considered the neighborhood safe.

Solicitation Charge A Leesburg man was charged yesterday with trying to solicit sex from a minor over the Internet, Loudoun County authorities said.

Loudoun sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said Michael T. Diraimondo, 30, is accused of using an online chat room to try to lure a juvenile girl to have sex with him last summer. Diraimondo was released on a $15,000 bond.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.