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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

By Washington Post editors  |  June 25, 2010; 4:36 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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Is he still insisting he was innocent? Jerk.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 25, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he didn't know they were Marshals because some of those boys look bad and are bad!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | June 25, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they should check his status, does he work for coyotes or cartels?

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 25, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

An anger management counselor with a gun. Wow, I guess in Fairfax they manage their anger a little bit differently.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 26, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

What was his reason fro pointing a gun at all? There was no confrontation. Weird.

Posted by: dtysko | June 27, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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