Isani Pleads Guilty

Isani Pleads Guilty

Mount Vernon teenager scheduled to be sentenced in January.

<bt>Christopher F. Isani, 19, faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking and entering during a short hearing Monday, Nov. 28 in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The Mount Vernon teenager, who is jailed in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Eighteen weapons, including shotguns and handguns, were stolen from a residence in the Fort Hunt area on March 1, 2005, according to police reports and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Julie Mitchell. The daughter of the gun's owners was an acquaintance of Isani's and a police investigation led police to him, said Mitchell.

Isani, 18, cooperated with police and assisted them with this and other cases, said Isani's defense attorney Michael Davis during his plea hearing.

<b>SOME WEAPONS</b> were recovered, but not all, Mitchell said, after Isani informed officers that some were in his car trunk.

Seven of the weapons were discovered in a July search of Isani’s home and vehicle in the 1500 block of Baltimore Road in the Fort Hunt area, according to court documents.

Some of the firearms were sold to Isani’s acquaintances, which range in age from 17 to 23 years old, according to police.

A sawed-off shotgun and handgun was recovered from the home of a 17-year-old youth from Fort Hunt who was charged with possession of a handgun and possession of marijuana, according to police. Another handgun was recovered from an 18-year-old in the Fort Hunt area.

"All shotguns recovered had been sawed-off; serial numbers had been removed from many of the weapons," according to police.

Isani was originally charged with malicious wounding, robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony for an incident in July. Those charges are currently nolle prossed, meaning they are not being prosecuted at this time but could be in the future.

As part of an agreement between prosecutors and Isani's defense attorney, prosecutors won't pursue a grand larceny charge against him, according to testimony.

<1b>— Ken Moore