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Pentagon Shooter Yonathan Melaku Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

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Government doctors have diagnosed the ex-Marine who fired shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in 2010 as schizophrenic, but prosecutors still want him to do jail-time.

Yonathan Melaku, 25, of Alexandria pleaded guilty last year to firing shots at several military-related targets. No one was reportedly injured.

He was caught months later, only after he was found trying to desecrate graves in Arlington National Cemetery.

He struck a plea deal last year requiring a 25-year prison sentence. After making the bargain, his family hired new attorneys who questioned Melaku's mental health.

In court filings Friday, federal prosecutors in Alexandria said Melaku has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. But they still want him to serve his sentence in a prison hospital.

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