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Anger-Management Counselor Pleads Guilty to Assault on U.S. Marshal

Anger-Management Counselor Pleads Guilty to Assault on U.S. Marshal

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Washington Post via YellowBrix

April 14, 2010

FAIRFAX, VA – 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.

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.

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    badge66

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    This character should never be allowed to carry a firearm again. He's lucky he's still breathing.

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    Omarra67

    over 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    I love irony.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Glad the officers were not hurt.

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    depharry

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    For those who wonder why the Angry Counselor was not venilated - my understanding is that he drove up, displayed the weapon and immediately drove off. He was pursued by the Deputy U.S. Marshals, who performed a felony vehicle stop and made the arrest. The response was according to USMS policy and procedure.

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    policeofficer9878

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    This is disturbing.

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23314 Comments

    Apparently he does not have a firm grip on the bat.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    OMG ...He needs big time counseling.....

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11220 Comments

    A little self-counseling appears to be in order here, and it looks like he'll get all the time he'll need to get it done .........

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Guess he needs to learn to take his own advice, Unsure why he is still alive to figure that out after aimiing guns at Marshals. HUM?

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    This guys sounds like a real nut case and that is scary that he was anger management counselor. Lock him up and through away the key. He could do his counseling from his jail cell.lol

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    j_mrhoads1

    over 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    thats why every psycharitrist should have one of there own.... sad waste of much needed talent

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42918 Comments

    Sounds like the good doctor needs to see a whole team of psychiatrists.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    over 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    LOL

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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4590 Comments

    They say that sometimes the most difficult advise to follow (or in some cases, swallow) is the advise you usually give to others. Looks like this guy choked.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50920 Comments

    Dumb ass, you can do your counseling from a jail cell.

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