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Anger-management counselor pleads guilty to assault on marshal

A Fairfax County anger-management counselor pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault on a federal officer for pointing a loaded firearm at a deputy U.S. marshal.

The incident occurred near the Annandale apartment of Jose L. Avila, 57, on Jan. 25. A federal marshal wrote in a court affidavit that he and another marshal had parked their sport-utility vehicles in designated parking places on Americana Drive, and that Avila pulled up behind them, honked his horn and was waved around them. But Avila allegedly drove past, turned around, drove back to them and aimed a loaded 9mm pistol at the two marshals, who were in plainclothes, the marshal wrote.

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Avila, a single parent and former priest, worked for Northern Virginia Family Service and before that for the Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church. He has been a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist since the 1990s, and frequently received referrals from the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for pretrial or probationary counseling, his lawyer said. He entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at his sentencing June 25.

— Tom Jackman

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 13, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Virginia  | Tags: Fairfax County Virginia, Jose Avila, United States Marshals Service, anger-management counselor pleads guilty in assault  
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Hasta La vista, jose! moron!

Posted by: madmike272 | April 13, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Huh? A former priest and licenced counselor carries a gun, and threatens to kill people????

This country is getting very weird, with the guns, the teabaggers, and uncivil politicians.

Maybe it is time to move to Europe.

Posted by: wobbleman47 | April 14, 2010 4:03 AM | Report abuse

While I do not in any way condone what he did, the fact that he picked the wrong people, Federal LE, to threaten totally changed the outcome. He was probably going to serve some jail time, but it would have been 12-18 months in state prison and not 10+ in a Federal penitentiary. You would think that his past life would have brought some good karma.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | April 14, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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