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Yonathan Melaku sentenced to 25 years behind bars

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The man accused of shooting the Pentagon and other military installations in the D.C. area was sentenced to 25 years behind bars Friday, according to the Washington Post.

Yonathan Melaku, 25, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty last year to a series of shootings, including incidents at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico, and military recruiting stations in Woodbridge and Chantilly.

No one was injured. At the Pentagon, Melaku fired multiple shots at the southern exterior Oct. 19, 2010, with a 9 mm pistol, penetrating the outer layer of protective windows but not the interior.

Melaku was not found until 2011, when he was trying to desecrate graves in Arlington National Cemetery. He was discovered with a backpack containing potential explosives material and notations referring to jihad and Osama bin Laden.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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