Murder Sentence A Lanham man who pleaded guilty last month to killing a youth basketball coach in front of the victim's 11-year-old son was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

Circuit Court Judge Richard H. Sothoron Jr. sentenced Lawrence I. Green, 22, in the fatal shooting of Robert Lee Gail, 41. Green had pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder, admitting that he fatally shot Gail after their two vehicles collided Feb. 14 in Riverdale.

Gail, a Metrobus driver who lived in New Carrollton with his wife and three children, was taking his son to basketball practice when the collision occurred. Codefendant Byron Israel, 19, of Northeast Washington, also pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison.


Fatal Shooting A 20-year-old District woman was shot to death yesterday in the 3500 block of 22nd Street NE, where she lives. Tamar E. Curry was shot about 5:30 a.m., was taken to the Washington Hospital Center and pronounced dead. Police had no suspects last night.


Gas Station Stabbing A gas station clerk in Annandale was stabbed twice during a robbery Wednesday night, but his injuries were not serious, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The clerk, a 45-year-old Annandale man, was working at the Crown gas station in the 7200 block of Little River Turnpike. He told police that a man entered the station about 9:30 p.m. and demanded money. The clerk said he complied. But the robber stabbed the clerk in the lower body and demanded more money, police said, then stabbed him a second time before fleeing.

The clerk was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The assailant was described as a black man, 30 to 35 years old, with curly black hair and a beard, about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. He wore a white tank top, black pants and a black hat.

Armed Break-In A 25-year-old man who allegedly broke into a Centreville apartment and held a woman and her 5-year-old son at knifepoint yesterday morning was arrested as he fled the scene, Fairfax County police said.

A 28-year-old woman who lives in the 6400 block of Paddington Lane, just south of Lee Highway, told police she awoke about 4 a.m. and saw the man in her bedroom. The man, whom she said she knew, ordered her and her son into another room.

But the woman pushed the man out of her apartment and screamed for help, police said. Officers captured a man nearby. Makubani S. Reel, 25, of no fixed address, was charged with abduction, breaking and entering, and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Child Porn A former priest at a Leesburg Catholic church pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of attempted possession of child pornography in a Loudoun County court. The Rev. Robert C. Brooks, 72, who ministered for 14 years at St. John the Apostle in Leesburg, was charged in February and faces up to five years in prison.

Authorities said Brooks registered in 2003 with a child pornography Web site, drawing the attention of federal investigators. Investigators recovered about 180 images of what appeared to be child pornography on his computer, Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman said. Brooks quit his post last October after Loudoun authorities told the Diocese of Arlington that they intended to charge him. He joined the diocese in 1974.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.