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      Yonathan Melaku, Pentagon suspect to plead guilty in Leesburg larceny case

      A former Marine accused of firing shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in Quantico{}is scheduled to appear in court today on unrelated larceny charges.

      Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria was scheduled to enter a guilty plea in court last week, but the hearing was postponed.

      Melaku was charged in June in federal court with a series of overnight shootings at military-related targets in northern Virginia beginning last October. He was arrested when police spotted him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark with a backpack containing ammonium nitrate.

      But that case has been on hold while he's been jailed in Loudoun County with a series of vehicle break-ins. Last month, the county sheriff said Melaku tried to escape from jail.

      Last week in Leesburg, prosecutors requested a delay of one more month for the plea hearing on the larceny charges.