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CRIME WATCH

November 15, 2008

Man sentenced in teen's stabbing outside mall

A Howard County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of another teen outside The Mall in Columbia this year. Bernado Leconte, 19, could have received 30 years for the charge. Circuit Judge Lenore Gelfman handed down a sentence of 20 years, with five years suspended, as well as five years' probation. The stabbing victim, then-17-year-old Julian Lichtenstein, had arranged to sell marijuana to Leconte and a co-defendant in the case, Cordero Dante Taylor, outside the JCPenney store about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8, according to prosecutors and witness testimony. After Leconte and Lichtenstein argued over the quality of the drugs, Leconte pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Lichtenstein several times, prosecutors said. Taylor was convicted in July and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Tyeesha Dixon

Harford teacher charged with assault, sex offense

A North Harford High School teacher has been arrested and charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual offense and threatening school employees with bodily harm, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said yesterday. Brian Norman, 34, who was arrested Thursday at his Forest Hill home, was released on $25,000 bond later that day. Norman is charged with slapping a 16-year-old female student on the buttocks Oct. 24 shortly after his history class ended, police said. On the same day, police said he made death threats to unnamed employees, but he had no weapon. An investigation determined that Norman had phoned and text-messaged the same student, and had, on several occasions, driven her to the Harford Mall, police said. He has been placed on administrative leave, school officials said.

Mary Gail Hare

Man sentenced to 5 years for Dec. stabbing

A Baltimore man was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for stabbing his former girlfriend's new boyfriend in December. Kazeem Akinniyi, 26, was acquitted of attempted-murder charges in August but was found guilty of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Tyeesha Dixon

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