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The U.S. Marines have dismissed the Marine reservist that has been charged in the 2010 shootings at the Pentagon and other military facilities. The dismissal is related to other charges for grand larceny, Marine officials say.
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The U.S. Marines have dismissed the Marine reservist that has been charged in the 2010 shootings at the Pentagon and other military facilities. The dismissal is related to other charges for grand larceny, Marine officials say.

The Marines began the separation process this month after Melaku was charged with grand larceny in a case from Leesburg, Va. unrelated to the shootings at military facilities. The Corps says Melaku did not contest the proceeding.

He was arrested June 17 after he was caught trespassing inside Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Police found him in possession of a quantity of ammonium nitrate, which can be used in bombs, as well as a notebook with phrases referencing the Taliban and al-Qaida, and spent shell casings.

The Marines say the shooting charges and Melaku's arrest at the cemetery had no bearing on their decision to dismiss him.

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