Jail, counseling for Fairfax counselor
A respected domestic violence and anger management counselor in Fairfax County was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 12 months in prison for pointing a gun at two deputy U.S. marshals, officials said.
As part of his sentence, Jose L. Avila, 57, will have to undergo anger management of his own.
Avila is a single parent and former priest from Colombia who was highly regarded by judges in the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Judges and lawyers often referred people to Avila for pretrial or probationary counseling, particularly because he is bilingual.
Avila pleaded guilty on April 13 to charges of assualting a federal officer.
On Jan. 25, Avila honked his horn at two marshals who had just returned to their cars after completing a witness interview on Americana Drive in Annandale. Avila left the scene after one of the deputy marshals waved him around.
Avila then turned his car around and pointed a loaded gun. The marshals arrested Avila and recovered the firearm after a brief pursuit.
-- Washington Post Staff
Washington Post editors
June 25, 2010; 4:36 PM ET
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