Ebert retires after 52 years of high-profile prosecutions

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FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2009, file photo, Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert displays a book of photos on the sniper trial during an interview in his office in Manassas, Va. An unprecedented 52-year-career as a chief prosecutor in northern Virginia is coming to an end for Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

An unprecedented 52-year-career as a chief prosecutor in northern Virginia is coming to an end for Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert.

The 82-year-old Ebert was Virginia’s youngest prosecutor when he first took office in 1968.

At the end of the month, he’ll retire as Virginia’s oldest prosecutor after opting not to run for a 14th term.

His career was known for its share of high-profile cases, including John and Lorena Bobbitt, who faced separate trials after she cut off her husband’s penis.

Ebert sent 15 men to death row, including D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad.

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