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Father pleads guilty to gun charges
The father of a teenager who killed two Fairfax County police officers during a shooting spree last year pleaded guilty yesterday to two federal gun-law violations as part of a plea bargain.
Brian H. Kennedy, 50, of Centreville, pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with the purchase of an AK-47 assault rifle and unlawful possession of firearms by a marijuana user.
In court papers, Kennedy admitted that he regularly used marijuana and shared it with his son Michael and his son’s friends. He also admitted that he lied when he said on gun-purchase forms that he was not a drug user.
In May 2006, Michael Kennedy fatally shot two police officers in an attack on the Sully District police station. Detective Vicki Armel died at the scene. Officer Michael Garbarino died from his injuries nine days later.
Michael Kennedy used his father’s guns in the shootings, according to the indictment.
As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped six other charges and agreed to seek a sentence in line with federal guidelines, which roughly call for a prison term of three to four years. Otherwise, he would face up to 20 years when he is sentenced Oct. 26.
Kennedy did not speak during the hearing and declined to comment afterward.
Loudoun asks Kaine for drought aid
Loudoun County supervisors have asked Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for emergency drought aid.
Officials said lost summer crops and grazing grass could cost farmers in the county at least $20 million this year.
The next step is for Mr. Kaine to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare the county a drought disaster area. That would make it eligible for disaster aid such as low-cost loans to farmers.
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