Plea hearing postponed again for Pentagon suspect

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 10:13 AM
Plea hearing postponed again for Pentagon suspect

A plea hearing on larceny charges has been postponed again for a former Marine accused of firing shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in Quantico.

Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria 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.

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