INTERVIEW: AG Miyares Blasts Descano’s “Criminal First” Mindset

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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is blasting Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Steve Descano’s “criminal first, victim last” record. On Wednesday’s O’Connor & Company radio show, Miyares called Descano a “hopelessly naive,” “wannabe prosecutor” who is “failing” to do his job.

The attorney general’s blistering comments followed Tuesday’s arrest of Gerald Brevard, who is alleged to have shot a number of homeless men in DC and New York. At least two of the homeless victims died as the result of gunshot wounds.

In 2020, Brevard was arrested and charged with several crimes in the Herndon area, including abduction and burglary. In a plea deal with the Fairfax commonwealth attorney’s office, his felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors. As a result, Brevard served less than a year in jail, followed by a one-year probation.

“It goes to show you that eliminating criminal justice is not criminal justice reform,” Miyares said on Wednesday. “You have an example here of what I have said is a huge problem — this ‘criminal first, victim last’ mindset of prosecutors… these wannabe prosecutors are failing at their jobs and now people are dying.”

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