Grand jury indicts man in museum shooting

July 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Washington indicted a Maryland man in the death of a security guard in the June shootout at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The seven-count indictment returned Wednesday charged James W. Von Brunn, 89, of Annapolis, Md., a self-proclaimed white supremacist with the murder of Special Police Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, plus hate crime and gun charges for his alleged attack at the museum June 10, the Justice Department said in a news release.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Four of the counts in the indictment also are death penalty eligible, meaning the prosecutor could recommend the death penalty.

In the shootout near the museum entrance, Von Brunn allegedly opened fire on Johns. Other museum guards returned fire, striking Von Brunn.

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