Still no resolution in embassy shooting case

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Alexander Alazo remains in custody more than a year after he stood outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., and fired 32 rounds from an AK-47.
Public defender Sabrina P. Shroff represents Alazo. Prosecutors in the case are U.S. attorneys Jason Bradley, Adam McCullough and Stuart Douglas Allen.
The last status conference in the case was held on May 20. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson told the two sides that if a plea agreement were to materialize, then they needed to submit paperwork to her by May 17, but there was no plea bargain.
The next status conference in the case is set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26. Pending counts against Alazo include:

  • 18:112(a); PROTECTION OF FOREIGN OFFICIAL GUESTS; Violent Attack on an Official Premises Using a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
  • 18:970(a); PROTECT PROPERTY OCCUPIED BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT; Willfully Injuring or Damaging Property Belonging to or Occupied By a Foreign Government, International Organization, Foreign Official, or Official Guest
  • 18:924(b); PENALTIES FOR FIREARMS; Interstate Transportation of a Firearm and Ammunition with Intent to Commit a Felony
  • 18:924(c)(1)(A); VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN; Using, Carrying, Brandishing, and Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

Shortly after the incident occurred, Alazo’s wife told me that U.S. authorities had been “very professional” in their work and she wanted to “thank them for what they have done.”
She said her only concern was that her husband was receiving proper medical treatment while in custody. She said:

My husband is a good man alone who suffers from a mental illness which was what led him to commit this act, but in his best judgment he would never do it.

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2 thoughts on “Still no resolution in embassy shooting case”

  1. Another terrorist attack encouraged by the United States government in some 60 years of attacks and assassinations, against the Government of Cuba. All those involved in encouraging such attacks should be charged. Start with politicians like Marco Rubio.

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