Murder convictions in killing of 2 teens

Two D.C. men were found guilty of murder Thursday for a 2009 shooting that left a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old dead, prosecutors said.

In 2009, Sequarn Tibbs, 25, and Earl Jackson, 23, were part of a group, known as “Young Savage” in Southeast, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia said in a statement.

On Oct. 13 of that year, they were part of a group that started a gun battle with people from another neighborhood whom they thought had robbed Jackson’s mother’s home, the statement said.

Tibbs’s brother, Daquan Tibbs, 18, of Southeast and Davonta Artis, 15, of Northeast — a bystander — were killed in the shooting in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE, and three others were wounded, according to the statement.

Tibbs and Jackson are to be sentenced in January.

— Justin Wm. Moyer

Guilty plea in theft from lawyers group

A former employee of the American Association for Justice has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge for embezzling nearly $250,000 from the Washington-based nonprofit group, prosecutors said.

Tamara Kukla, 47, now of Plano, Tex., served as director of membership for the group formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In her plea Wednesday, she agreed to repay $248,755 in personal expenses that she admitted claiming were work-related on a corporate credit card from late 2009 through 2011, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Kukla faces a likely sentencing range of 12 to 18 months at a hearing set for Feb. 24 before U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of Washington on one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison. An attorney for Kukla declined to comment on the plea.

— Spencer S. Hsu

Capitol Christmas tree on way to Washington

This year’s Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol grounds has been cut and is making a 2,500-mile journey from a park in Idaho to Washington.

The tree comes from the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. It is making several stops in communities along its journey to the nation’s capital. It is expected to arrive in Washington on Nov. 28 to be decorated. A lighting ceremony will take place on the Capitol grounds Dec. 6.

This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce. It weighs 16,500 pounds and is 79 years old.

The tree-lighting tradition stretches back more than 50 years, according to officials of the Architect of the Capitol, which helps organize the event.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Preliminary pot dispensary licenses

Maryland regulators are set to make preliminary decisions Nov. 21 as to which companies can open long-awaited dispensaries for the legal sale of medical marijuana. The law caps the number of medical marijuana outlets at two per state Senate district, or as many as 94.

Although the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission previously said it hoped the product would hit shelves by summer, the timeline is unclear, with various hurdles threatening delays.

In August, the commission made a preliminary award of licenses to 15 companies to grow marijuana and 15 companies to process it into medical products such as oils and pills.

Those companies have up to a year to pass inspections and vetting before they can start to operate.

— Fenit Nirappil

Man found wounded; another found dead

A man was found stabbed and wounded in the Ashburn area of Loudoun County on Friday evening, and a second man was found dead nearby.

The stabbing was reported near the Ashburn Meadows Apartment complex, the county sheriff’s office said. Officials said the cause of t he second man’s death was under investigation.

— Martin Weil