Yonathan Melaku, Pentagon scare suspect to plead guilty in unrelated Va. case

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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A former Marine accused of firing shots at the Pentagon, Marine Corps museum and other military buildings is scheduled to enter a plea in a Leesburg courthouse on unrelated larceny charges.

Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria was charged in June in federal court with a series of overnight shootings at a variety of targets in northern Virginia beginning in October. He was arrested after police spotted him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark with a backpack that included ammonium nitrate, which can be used as a bomb-making material.

But that case has been on hold while he has been in jail in Loudoun County, charged in state court with a series of vehicle break-ins.

He is scheduled for a plea hearing Monday in Loudoun County on the larceny charges.

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