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U.S. Attorney Hires Two Prosecutors for Alexandria Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit

December 22, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Lisa Owings and Sean P. Tonolli as Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the major crimes and narcotics unit for the Alexandria Division.

            “Drug trafficking is behind most violent crime, and our goal is to use the tough federal drug sentences to get violent criminals off our streets for a long time,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Lisa and Sean are two very experienced prosecutors who will help us not only focus on major drug traffickers in our communities, but also their sources of supply throughout the United States and overseas.”

            For the past two years, Owings has been a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney representing the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area cases brought in the Eastern District of Virginia, where she has brought a wide variety of narcotics and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force cases. Before her work as a federal prosecutor, Owings was a counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she handled criminal, law enforcement and national security policy issues. She received her juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in economics and international studies from the University of Miami.

            Since 2006, Tonolli has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted homicides, narcotics and violent crime cases in both District and Superior Courts. He clerked for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and he has interned with the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Tonolli received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School and bachelor’s degrees in economics and government from the College of William & Mary.



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