By Josh Christenson | 29 March 2022
THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A gunman suspected of killing two homeless men and wounding others in two East Coast cities in March would have been in prison at the time of the shootings if not for the work of one progressive Virginia prosecutor.
The office of Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney Steve Descano (D) in December 2020 charged the shooter, Gerald Brevard III, with three felonies related to his attempt to abduct a hotel housekeeper and later break into a nearby apartment. The felonies — abduction with attempt to defile, burglary, and possession of burglarious tools — together would carry a minimum of 26 years in prison and up to a life sentence.
But six months later in June 2021, Brevard was a free man. Descano’s office reduced the first two felonies to misdemeanors, and dropped the third entirely, the case file shows, allowing him to leave prison after just five months. Less than a year later in March, Brevard opened fire on the first victim of his shooting spree. In the course of the nine-day spree, he is alleged to have killed two homeless men and wounded three others in Washington, D.C., and New York City. […]