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N.C. man gets 9 years in Harford meth case

A 27-year-old North Carolina man received a nine-year prison sentence in federal court in Baltimore yesterday after pleading guilty to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine in Harford County.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. imposed the sentence on Thomas Roman of Raeford, N.C. The sentence includes four years of supervised release and an order to pay $3,006.47 in restitution.

According to his plea agreement, Roman, Valerie James and Donald Evans acquired items to manufacture 4 ounces of methamphetamine June 8 last year and planned to make the illegal drug in the Super 8 Motel in Edgewood before their apprehension by the Harford County Sheriff's Department. A loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun was also found in the motel room, authorities said.

James, 25, of Goldsboro, N.C., and Evans, 22, of Pikeville, N.C., previously pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy. James received a six-year prison sentence; and Evans' sentencing is scheduled for May 31.

Matthew Dolan

Couple indicted in boy's death

A mother and her boyfriend were indicted yesterday on first-degree murder and child abuse charges related to the fatal beating in September of a 2-year-old boy.

A city grand jury handed up the indictments of Destiny D'Urso, 26, of Damascus and Paul Highfield, 28, of the 4000 block of Security Lane in Jarrettsville. D'Urso and Highfield were caring for D'Urso's son, Joseph, on Sept. 12 at a home on East Patapsco Avenue in Brooklyn when the toddler stopped breathing.

Joseph died at Harbor Hospital. Police noticed bruises on his face and body, according to charging documents. The two are scheduled to appear in court April 27.

Julie Bykowicz

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