Pentagon Shooter Expected To Plead Guilty

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — An ex-Marine from Virginia is expected to enter a guilty plea related to charges that he fired shots at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and other military-related targets in a series of shootings during October and November of 2010.

Court records show a plea-agreement hearing has been scheduled Thursday for 24-year-old Yonathan Melaku (meh-LAH-koo) of Alexandria. Prosecutors charged Melaku last year, saying they have evidence linking him to the overnight shootings at a number of military buildings in northern Virginia. No one was injured in the shootings.

Melaku was arrested in June when he was spotted after dark in Arlington National Cemetery with a backpack containing potential explosives material and notations referring to jihad and Osama bin Laden. That arrest set off a security scare in and around the Pentagon.

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