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Annandale Man Pleads Guilty to Assault on Deputy United States Marshal

April 13, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Jose Luis Avila, 57, of Annandale, Va., pleaded guilty today to assaulting a federal officer.  

                Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John Hackman, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady. 

                Avila pleaded guilty to a criminal information filed in Court on April 13, 2010.  Sentencing has been set for June 25, 2010.  Avila faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. 

                According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2010, Avila honked his horn at two Deputy United States Marshals, who had just returned to their cars after completing a witness interview on Americana Drive in Annandale, Va.  Avila initially left the scene after one of the Deputy Marshals waived him around.  Avila then turned his car around and pointed a loaded firearm at the Deputy Marshals.  The Deputy Marshals apprehended Avila and recovered the firearm after a brief pursuit.

                This case was investigated by The United States Marshals Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Fahey is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

                A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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