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Yonathan Melaku, the man accused of shooting at the Pentagon and other military installations in 2010, is expected to plead guilty today.
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Yonathan Melaku, the man accused of shooting at the Pentagon and other military installations in 2010, is expected to plead guilty today.

Update, 4:30 p.m.: In court Thursday, Yonathan Melaku pleaded guilty to injuring property of the United States, using a firearm during a crime of violence, and attempting to injure veterans' memorials. Under the terms of the agreement, Melaku would serve 25 years in prison.

During the case, prosecutors displayed a video showing a masked Melaku firing a handgun out of the passenger side window of his car at the Marine museum. He later takes off the mask and is heard saying, "Allahu Akbar."

The sentencing hearing in the case has been set for April 27.

Original Story: A Virginia man is expected to enter a guilty plea today related to charges that he fired shots at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico and other military-related targets, according to Associated Press.

Court records show a plea-agreement hearing scheduled this morning for 24-year-old Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria. Prosecutors charged Melaku last year, saying they have evidence linking him to a series of overnight shootings in October and November of 2010 at a number of military buildings in northern Virginia. No one was hurt in the shootings. 

Melaku was arrested in June when he was spotted after dark in Arlington National Cemetery with a backpack containing potential explosives and notations referring to jihad and Osama bin Laden. 

That arrest set off a security scare around the Pentagon. 

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