Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office investigates and prosecutes felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile criminal cases in concert with local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as complaints from private citizens.

Please find information from Loudoun County Government regarding instituting temporary closures of departments to implem...
03/19/2020

Please find information from Loudoun County Government regarding instituting temporary closures of departments to implement social distancing protocols, to include #Loudoun County Courts. Details here: bit.ly/3d6yPOR

The #Loudoun County government is instituting temporary closures of departments to implement social distancing protocols. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5591

Be sure to stay informed about the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. Learn about the County’s respo...
03/11/2020

Be sure to stay informed about the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. Learn about the County’s response and what you can do protect yourself and your family at www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus.

02/28/2020

Jury Convicts Hassan M. Gailani in Sterling Double Homicide

LEESBURG, Virginia - February 28, 2020. The Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday the conviction of Hassan M. Gailani in the 2018 double homicide at a Sterling, Virginia café.

After an eight day trial, a Loudoun County jury found Gailani, 36, guilty on two counts of first-degree murder – for killing Ahmed S. Osman, 35, of Sterling and Murtada A. Marof, 40, of Herndon; seven counts of shooting within an occupied dwelling; and two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys, Ryan Perry and Angela Vernail, presented the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The trial concluded with a twelve person jury recommending Gailani’s sentence at 77 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

“It has been a difficult 21 months for the families of Mr. Osman and Mr. Marof. They, and this Commonwealth Attorney’s office, appreciate the hard work and dedication of Sheriff Chapman, his team, and Mr. Perry and Mrs. Vernail. Working together made it possible to present to the jury the facts that supported the guilty verdicts. We are mindful that this trial is but a part of the legal process and that it does not salve the pain and heartache of the Osman and Marof families. Their brave testimony to the jury reminded all of us about the beautiful lives lived by victims in this case. We hope that this difficult process has brought some healing for them in the midst of this tragedy. Our community is committed to continuing to support the families as they need,” said Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.

Gailani entered the Pharaoh’s Café around 1:45 a.m. on May 14, 2018, and fired seven shots at the intended victim, Ahmed S. Osman. Murtada A. Marof, a bystander inside the café, was also shot and killed. Testimony presented during the court proceedings showed that Gailani used a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun that he had purchased several weeks prior to the shooting, and had taken a firearms safety course.

“The quick response and actions of our deputies after two people were violently killed inside a café ensured this murderer was taken into custody. I am proud of the professionalism of all those involved in the investigation and successful prosecution,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Gailani’s case is currently set for March 13, 2020, in Loudoun Circuit Court where the scheduling for a final sentencing hearing will be held before the Honorable Stephen Sincavage who presided over the trial. Gailani continues to be held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Original News Release: https://bit.ly/32zeRHA

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The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!Our office will be closed ...
12/31/2019

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Our office will be closed January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.

Be safe this New Year's Eve and don't drink and drive.  Lyft Rides are being offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol ...
12/31/2019

Be safe this New Year's Eve and don't drink and drive. Lyft Rides are being offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide program from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. through January 1, 2020 in the Greater Washington area to help prevent drunk driving. Learn more: http://www.wrap.org/soberride

12/25/2019
Are you a teen aged 12-17 who has lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another? Consider joining the Teen Ho...
12/16/2019

Are you a teen aged 12-17 who has lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another? Consider joining the Teen Homicide Survivor Support Group. New sessions begin January 2020 at the Gum Springs Library.

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, pleas...
12/13/2019

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, please visit: http://www.loudoun.gov/oca

If you have lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another, please consider joining the Homicide Survivor Supp...
12/02/2019

If you have lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another, please consider joining the Homicide Survivor Support Group. New group begins January 31, 2020.

For more information and registration, please contact: Ashley Baker at (703) 777-0417.

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 for the Than...
11/27/2019

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2019. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, pleas...
11/26/2019

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, please visit: http://www.loudoun.gov/oca

On this Veterans Day, we take time to honor and thank all who have served and are serving in the United States Armed For...
11/11/2019

On this Veterans Day, we take time to honor and thank all who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces and we recognize three of our very own Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office employees. Thank you Jason, Jody, and Ryan for your service!

#VeteransDay #GoArmy

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans ...
11/10/2019

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans Day.

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign designed to “Shine a Light” on the experience...
11/06/2019

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign designed to “Shine a Light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation.

Learn more: https://www.1800runaway.org/nrpm/

#NRPM

November is National Runaway Prevention Month.

#NRPM2019 awareness is important because too often youth become homeless as a result of neglect and abuse.

The #Loudoun DV Steering Committee (DVSC) members pose next to the "Silent Witness Exhibit" after last week's quarterly ...
11/04/2019

The #Loudoun DV Steering Committee (DVSC) members pose next to the "Silent Witness Exhibit" after last week's quarterly meeting.

The DVSC is the Domestic Abuse Response Team's (DART) governing body and offers guidance to the DART.

The DV Steering Committee (DVSC) members pose next to the "Silent Witness Exhibit" after today's quarterly meeting.
The DVSC is the DART's governing body and offers guidance to the DART. The DART is grateful for the continued leadership and support. #LoudounDART

Nicole Wittmann Sworn in as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Loudoun CountyNicole Wittmann is the First Woman to Serve as...
10/31/2019

Nicole Wittmann Sworn in as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Loudoun County

Nicole Wittmann is the First Woman to Serve as Commonwealth's

LEESBURG, Virginia – October 31, 2019. Nicole Wittmann was sworn in as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County by the Hon. Jeanette Irby in the Loudoun County Courthouse. In a packed and jubilant courtroom, Ms. Wittmann took the oath of office to “faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties” of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. After being sworn in as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ms. Wittmann said “I am so humbled to continue my service for the people of Loudoun County and to take leadership of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.” Ms. Wittmann noted that as the mother of two sons she understands how important the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney was in helping victims -- especially child victims.

Ms. Wittmann’s appointment as Commonwealth’s Attorney ends on January 1, 2020. Ms. Wittmann is running to be re-elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County for the 2020-2024 term in next Tuesday’s election on November 5, 2019. Ms. Wittmann told her audience, “I look forward to continuing my lifelong service to victims and keeping Loudoun the safe community it is today. As the first woman, and first daughter of immigrants to hold this position, I will bring a unique perspective to this position.”

Ms. Wittmann joined the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2005 after having served in the Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Sarasota State’s Attorney’s Office in Florida. She began in the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as the head of the Victim –Witness Office, followed by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney leading the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Unit, and finally becoming the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2012.

Ms. Wittmann noted that some of her proudest accomplishments as Chief Deputy were the establishment of the Mental Health and Drug Courts and attaining justice on behalf of abused women, especially those who had been murdered by their husbands or partners, including Michelle Castillo, Catherine Combs-Lafleur, and Stacie Lynn Harper. Among those in attendance, were Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman, Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe, Treasurer Roger Zurn, and Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz.

Original News Release: http://bit.ly/36vWViO

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Please take a few moments to click on the link below and review basic safety tips provided by the National Center for Mi...
10/31/2019

Please take a few moments to click on the link below and review basic safety tips provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help keep your children safe this #Halloween.

Remember to drive carefully and watch for children crossing the street tonight. Happy Halloween from the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office!

Halloween Safety Tips: https://bit.ly/2p59X62

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is ending, but domestic violence is not. Don’t stop now, #TakeAStand against domestic ...
10/31/2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is ending, but domestic violence is not. Don’t stop now, #TakeAStand against domestic violence all year long!

#DVAM2019

Protect your pumpkin! #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving. Make sure you and your #pumpkin arrive home safely. Plan for a de...
10/30/2019

Protect your pumpkin! #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving. Make sure you and your #pumpkin arrive home safely. Plan for a designated driver as part of your #Halloween fun.

Meet Our Domestic Violence Prosecution Team:Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nassir Aboreden joined the Loudoun County ...
10/30/2019

Meet Our Domestic Violence Prosecution Team:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nassir Aboreden joined the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in October of 2017. Prior to joining the office, Mr. Aboreden served as a legal fellow at the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Office. In August of 2019, Mr. Aboreden joined the Domestic Violence Prosecution Team. Along with his colleagues, Mr. Aboreden prosecutes cases of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Prior to joining the Domestic Violence Team, Mr. Aboreden handled a wide variety of cases at all levels of the Loudoun County judicial system including, drug offenses, white collar crime, strangulation, and homicide. Mr. Aboreden has attended numerous training around the Commonwealth including Trial Advocacy and Advanced DUI. After attending Trial Advocacy as a student, he was selected to return the following year as one of the program faculty members. Mr. Aboreden has also conducted training for local law enforcement agencies. He is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law.

#DVAM2019

October is a time to pause and consider the victims of domestic violence – to acknowledge their struggles and support th...
10/29/2019

October is a time to pause and consider the victims of domestic violence – to acknowledge their struggles and support their efforts to heal and grow.

Have you been to one of Loudoun’s “Walk in Their Shoes” exhibits yet?

The goal of these exhibits is to increase awareness of domestic violence and its prevalence throughout society, even here in Loudoun County. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, gender, culture, race, or educational background.

The anonymous quotes listed in these exhibits are compiled from domestic violence victims throughout Loudoun County. As you read them, reflect upon the strength and courage of survivors. Their narratives are real, and their stories hold a powerful truth. Ask yourself what they are saying to you, and what #1Thing you can do in response.

Loudoun exhibits are displayed in Rust Library, Sterling Library, Purcellville Library, Department of Family Services - Shenandoah Building, and the Resourceful Woman Thrift Shop.

#DVAM2019

Today we honor the men and woman who risk their lives every day on our behalf as firefighters, law enforcement officers,...
10/28/2019

Today we honor the men and woman who risk their lives every day on our behalf as firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, and dispatch personnel. Thank you for all you do!

#NationalFirstRespondersDay

Are you interested in learning more about the impacts of intimate partner violence? Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS...
10/28/2019

Are you interested in learning more about the impacts of intimate partner violence? Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, in partnership with the Loudoun Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, is hosting a free documentary viewing and educational panel discussion surrounding the impacts of intimate partner violence on October 27th from 2:30-4:30 at Cascades Library in Sterling. This event is free and open to the public.
#DVAM2019

Are you looking for a creative way to raise awareness about domestic violence?  Consider displaying a DV Awareness Pumpk...
10/28/2019

Are you looking for a creative way to raise awareness about domestic violence? Consider displaying a DV Awareness Pumpkin on your porch this Halloween.

What other creative ideas do you have to raise awareness and start a conversation about domestic violence?

#DVAM2019

On this #SelflessSunday consider volunteering at Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justi...
10/27/2019

On this #SelflessSunday consider volunteering at Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice. LAWS has an active group of approximately 75 volunteers who donate their time and services to help assist victims of domestic and sexual violence. LAWS has a variety of programs that provide many different ways for volunteers to contribute their time & talent. Volunteer opportunities are available during daytime and evening hours, as well as weekends.

Find out more and complete a volunteer application: https://www.lcsj.org/volunteer

#DVAM2019

Pregnancy is a time of change, but if your partner is abusive towards you, it can make these months especially difficult...
10/26/2019

Pregnancy is a time of change, but if your partner is abusive towards you, it can make these months especially difficult. Thankfully, there are resources available to help expecting women get the support needed for a safe, healthy pregnancy.

According to the CDC, intimate partner violence affects approximately 1.5 million women each year and affects as many as 324,000 pregnant women each year. Pregnancy can be an especially dangerous time for women in abusive relationships, and abuse can often begin or escalate during pregnancy.

Read more on how to safety plan with kids or while pregnant: https://thehotline.org/help/path-to-safety/

#DVAM2019

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember the loss of Karen Ludwig, age 38. Her husband, John Ludwig, wa...
10/26/2019

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember the loss of Karen Ludwig, age 38. Her husband, John Ludwig, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter.

#EndDV #DVAM2019

10/25/2019
Loudoun County Animal Services

Thank you Loudoun County Animal Services for being a partner on the Domestic Abuse Response Team and participating in Domestic Violence Awareness month! #DVAM2019

Loudoun County Animal Services is proud to be an active partner on the Domestic Abuse Response Team and to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness month. The connection between animal abuse and domestic violence is well documented and pets often become victims in these situations.
Our contribution to the Silent Witness Initiative, brought to you by Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, can be found at the Loudoun County Government Center, Leesburg Town Hall and the DFS Shenandoah Building. To learn more about the Silent Witness Initiative please visit: http://www.silentwitness.net/

Remember My Story. Remember My Name.In 1990, the Silent Witness Initiative began promoting and education to support an e...
10/25/2019

Remember My Story. Remember My Name.

In 1990, the Silent Witness Initiative began promoting and education to support an end to domestic violence through community based exhibits. It started with a small group of volunteers in one state and grew into an international presence, with projects in all 50 states and 23 countries.
Many men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States. Each one has a story.

Silent Witness Silhouettes can been seen in Leesburg Town Hall, Resourceful Woman Thrift Shop, Loudoun DFS Shenandoah Building, and the lobby of the Loudoun County Government Center.

For more information on the Silent Witness National Initiative: www.silentwitness.net

Silhouette photograph courtesy of Loudoun DART

#DVAM2019

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, pleas...
10/25/2019

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, please visit: http://www.loudoun.gov/oca

Meet Our Domestic Violence Prosecution Team: Victim Witness Case Manager, Sara Dollard joined the Loudoun County Victim ...
10/25/2019

Meet Our Domestic Violence Prosecution Team:

Victim Witness Case Manager, Sara Dollard joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program in June 2018. Ms. Dollard holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount University Ms. Dollard spent six years with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office as a Victim Witness Specialist, where she primarily handled domestic violence related cases. Ms. Dollard then spent two and a half years with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as an Assistant Case Manager with the Family Abduction Division Ms. Dollard worked with both domestic and international family abduction cases during her time with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Ms. Dollard has completed trainings on U-Visa by Tahirih Justice Center, Alliance for Hope training on domestic violence strangulation, and is certified to administer the Danger Assessment to victims of domestic violence. In 2019, Ms. Dollard became a member of the Community Crisis Response Team.

#DVAM2019

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