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November 16, 2007

Hornsby jurors finish first day of deliberations with no verdict

Jurors deliberating federal corruption charges against former Prince George's County school Superintendent Andre J. Hornsby finished their first day of deliberations yesterday in Greenbelt without reaching a verdict. They are to resume today.

Hornsby is accused in a 16-count indictment of conspiring with his then-girlfriend, who worked at an educational supplies company, to award high-value school contracts to her and a business associate in exchange for kickbacks, and then ordering employees to destroy the evidence.

His attorney has disputed the allegations and said that, at most, his client is guilty of sloppy recordkeeping.

During the four-week trial, jurors watched a surveillance tape of Hornsby stuffing money into his shirt pocket that had been given to him by a former colleague-turned-FBI informant and heard testimony from the ex-girlfriend.

Nick Madigan

Harford County

: Pylesville

Teenager convicted in drive-by shooting

A Harford County teenager has been convicted of attempted first-degree murder in a drive-by shooting in April.

After deliberating for 18 hours, a Harford jury found Justin R. Hannah, 18, of Pylesville guilty Wednesday of one count of attempted first-degree murder in an incident in Darlington.

Hannah was accused of firing three shots from his car at another vehicle in which two people he had arranged to meet were waiting.

They were not injured. Hannah was driving and fired through the front passenger window, State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said.

The jury did not return a verdict on reckless endangerment and first-degree assault charges. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Madison Park

Drug sentence

School-zone deal nets 12-year term

A 52-year-old Aberdeen man was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of selling cocaine in a school zone, Harford County investigators said.

Vivan Dennis III was convicted by a Harford County jury in July of distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution in a school zone.

Dennis was arrested in May 2006 after officers filmed him selling cocaine from his car next to an elementary school and across the street from the Boys and Girls Club.

The purchaser was an adult, State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said.

Aberdeen police officers set up undercover surveillance cameras in the area after receiving complaints about drug deals at the location, Cassilly said.

A Harford Circuit Court judge ordered Dennis to be placed on five years' probation after serving his 12-year sentence.

Madison Park

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