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Yonathan Melaku, Pentagon suspect to plead guilty in Leesburg larceny case

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A former Marine accused of firing shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in Quantico is scheduled to appear in court today on unrelated larceny charges.

Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria was scheduled to enter a guilty plea in court last week, but the hearing was postponed.

Melaku was charged in June in federal court with a series of overnight shootings at military-related targets in northern Virginia beginning last October. He was arrested when police spotted him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark with a backpack containing ammonium nitrate.

But that case has been on hold while he's been jailed in Loudoun County with a series of vehicle break-ins. Last month, the county sheriff said Melaku tried to escape from jail.

Last week in Leesburg, prosecutors requested a delay of one more month for the plea hearing on the larceny charges.

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