MARYLAND

Shooting Sentence An Anne Arundel County teenager who killed a man in what a judge called "random, sniperlike shootings" in Severn last year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Anthony Switzer, 17, shot and killed 18-year-old Doray Jones, a passing motorist who was chosen at random, and then fired a shotgun blast that narrowly missed a woman and her son's fiancee. On that night in August, Switzer told friends that he wanted "to catch a body," a prosecutor alleged during his trial in July.

Switzer, of Severn, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, suspended after 30 years, for murder, and to 10 additional years for two counts of attempted murder.

Vandalism Howard County police are investigating a series of spray-painting incidents as hate crimes in Elkridge.

At least 10 homes and vehicles were spray-painted with swastikas between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. yesterday, police said.

The graffiti -- which was sprayed on garage doors and cars on Ducketts Lane, Kyle Leaf Court, Lori Lane and Karas Walk -- apparently were sprayed without specific targets, police said. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police at 410-313-3200.

Lawyer Pleads Guilty A Bethesda immigration lawyer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced yesterday.

Irwin J. Fredman, 73, also entered a guilty plea on behalf of his firm, the Law Offices of I. Jay Fredman. Prosecutors say he fraudulently prepared applications for immigration documents to help foreigners obtain permanent residency in the United States through an employment-based visa category.

THE DISTRICT

Bank Robber Sentenced A bank robber who was arrested last month in downtown Washington after a red dye pack from a bank exploded pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to three counts of bank robbery.

Michael V. Donahoe, 53, admitted robbing three banks in Northwest Washington in September and October, authorities said. He faces 41 to 51 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Donahoe, whose last known address was in the 4700 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW, was arrested Oct. 14 after a robbery at the Eagle Bank in the 1400 block of K Street NW, authorities said. After he exited the bank, a dye pack exploded, leaving red stains on his hands and clothing, authorities said.

He was arrested by the FBI after a bystander prevented him from fleeing in a cab.

VIRGINIA

Kevin Shifflett Case The man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy in Alexandria more than five years ago remains incompetent to stand trial and will return to a state mental hospital for more treatment, an Alexandria Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

At a brief hearing yesterday, Gregory D. Murphy, 34, was ordered to continue receiving the treatment that might one day make him able to face the murder charge against him.

Murphy was arrested in October 2000 and charged in the killing of Kevin Shifflett, who was stabbed 18 times while he was playing on the sidewalk with other children outside the Del Ray home of his great-grandparents.

Another hearing was set for June 1, keeping to a schedule in which mentally incompetent suspects are reviewed every six months.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.