Briefs

Posted: October 22, 1996

WASHINGTON GORE LANDSCAPER CHARGED AS ILLEGAL ALIEN A landscaper working at Vice President Al Gore's compound was charged yesterday as an illegal alien, authorities said.

Federal agents arrested and initiated deportation proceedings against Issac Belzazar Figueroa, 22, of Honduras, and detained another worker, the Washington Post reported.

Agents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service questioned four employees of a landscaping company that does work on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence.

During a routine check of workers' identification cards, a Secret Service officer noticed that a work permit of an employee from El Salvador had recently expired and called the INS.

NEW YORK FATHER: NO REMORSE OVER SON'S KIDNAPPING A man who abducted his 10-month-old son and kept him away from doctors, teachers and his mother for 12 years says in a jail interview that he has no regrets about what he did.

Leonard Alfred Cammalleri, 45, who is charged with custodial interference, recalled a solitary life with his son in which he never let him out on his own.

``I couldn't have any friends. I was fearful I would have to tell somebody about this. They wouldn't understand why I was doing this,'' Cammalleri said from the Bridgeport City Jail in Connecticut in an interview with WCBS Radio on Oct. 15. The interview aired yesterday.

The mother, whose name has not been made public, had won custody of the boy when the marriage was dissolved, and Cammalleri was exercising his visitation rights when he took him from Stamford, Conn., in 1984.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO HE KILLED PARENTS WITH AX, HACKSAW An 18-year-old was convicted yesterday of killing his mother with an ax and decapitating his father with a hacksaw.

A Belmont County Common Pleas jury deliberated about 90 minutes before finding Nathan Brooks guilty of two counts of aggravated murder in the 1995 deaths of his parents.

Brooks, 17 at the time of the slayings, had told authorities he decapitated his father to use the head in a satanic ritual.

He had pleaded innocent by reason of insanity to two counts of aggravated murder. Brooks was tried as an adult.

The maximum penalty is life in prison, with eligibility for parole in 43 years. Sentencing was scheduled for Thursday.

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