- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2006


Illegal alien sentenced in hit-man scheme

An illegal alien from Guatemala was sentenced yesterday to 87 months in prison for trying to arrange the murder of a D.C. Jail inmate, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Victor Moscoso-Espana, 21, admitted in U.S. District Court in March that he tried to have Alvaro Garcia-Hernandez — a fellow Guatemalan in jail on drug charges — killed by a hit man for $15,000.

According to court documents, Moscoso-Espana tried to arrange the hit with a government witness. At his sentencing yesterday, he said he wanted to kill Garcia-Hernandez because the inmate had stolen his girlfriend.

Moscoso-Espana was arrested in October. He was ordered to be turned over to immigration officials and deported upon his release from prison.



Woman sentenced in infant’s death

An Alexandria home day care provider will spend two years in prison for the death of a 10-month-old boy in her care.

Laytarishia Robinson, 32, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say she took sleeping pills and took a nap while she was caring for several children in September.

When she woke up an hour later, she found 10-month-old Henry Hall under a pile of bedding on the floor. He was not breathing and was later pronounced dead.

Prosecutors say Robinson waited 45 minutes to call 911 that day. Instead, she called other parents to come get their children.


County dismisses gay-video complaint

The Arlington County Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint against a Christian businessman who refused to reproduce homosexual-themed videos.

The commission this week rejected the sexual-orientation discrimination complaint against Tim Bono, owner of Bono Film and Video.

“We’re very pleased that the complaint has been dismissed. We thought it was bogus to begin with,” said Mathew Staver, chairman and founder of Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based nonprofit group that is representing Mr. Bono.

Lilli M. Vincenz filed the complaint last year after Mr. Bono declined to make copies of films that depicted homosexual rights marches. The commission issued a decision April 13 ordering Mr. Bono to duplicate the films or pay for another company to do so.

Mr. Staver said Liberty would continue to pursue the lawsuit to challenge Arlington County’s nondiscrimination policy, which has included sexual orientation since 1993.



Treasury worker accused of stealing

A former employee with the state Treasurer’s Office has been indicted for theft and embezzlement of state funds.

Wendi Davis, 42, of Arnold, is charged with theft, embezzlement and conspiracy.

The state Attorney General’s Office says Mrs. Davis stole more than $52,000 from the State Insurance Trust Fund.

She was employed as a specialist at the state Treasurer’s Office at the time.

The Attorney General’s Office says she and her husband, Sean Davis, conspired in the embezzlement.

A trial date hasn’t been set.


Man randomly killed while watching movie

A man accused of killing another man in a movie theater told police he had been planning to kill someone for months, according to police records released yesterday.

Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar, 24, did not know the victim, Paul Schrum, 62, before he stood up during a Thursday night showing of “X-Men: The Last Stand” and opened fire after yelling at the audience to get down, police said.

Mr. Schrum, who was sitting close to Mr. Jabbar, was shot three times, once in the head and twice in the chest, police said. A fourth shot went into a wall.

After the shooting, witnesses said Mr. Jabbar calmly walked out of the theater and placed the .357-caliber handgun, with one bullet remaining unfired, on a counter and told the manager he had shot someone.

When Baltimore County police arrived at the theater in an Owings Mills shopping center, Mr. Jabbar was waiting for them.

“When asked as to what happened, the defendant said that he killed someone,” according to the charging documents.

Mr. Jabbar, of Owings Mills, told authorities he did not know the victim, according to the charging documents.

“This was a random act,” said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.

Mr. Schrum, of Pikesville, was found in the aisle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Jabbar, who was charged with first-degree murder and handgun use in commission of a violent crime, was denied bail and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A bail review hearing was scheduled for Monday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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