An ex-marine from Virginia agreed to a 25-year prison sentence for destruction of U.S. property and use of a firearm in an act of violence after firing shots at a number of military-related buildings in 2010, including the Pentagon and Marine Corps Museum.
In the fall of 2010, Yonathan Melaku was responsible for shots fired in two separate incidents at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. He also fired shots at the Pentagon and two Marine Corps recruiting centers in northern Virginia.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has released a video Melaku recorded while he shot at the museum. After firing the shots from a pistol, Melaku races down Interstate 95, shouting various phrases in Arabic.
Melaku was arrested in June 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery after he was found with a backpack full of ammonium nitrate, empty firearm casings, and a notebook referencing the Taliban.
A naturalized citizen from Ethopia, Melaku pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday. He will be formally sentenced in April.