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Defense seeks review of plea by Pentagon shooter

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -

Lawyers for an ex-Marine convicted of shooting at the Pentagon and other military targets want a judge to review a plea deal calling for a 25-year prison sentence now that their client has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.

Twenty-five-year-old Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria pleaded guilty last year to a series of shootings in 2010, including the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and military recruiting stations. No one was injured.

He is scheduled for sentencing Friday, and his plea deal requires a 25-year sentence.

But Melaku subsequently obtained new lawyers, and they uncovered evidence Melaku is mentally ill. Government doctors recently diagnosed him as schizophrenic.

Melaku's new lawyers said in court filings Wednesday that under the circumstances, the judge should review whether the plea and sentence are appropriate.


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