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Heaphy Stepping Down as Western Va. US Attorney

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP)- Timothy J. Heaphy is resigning as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia to enter private practice.

Heaphy announced Monday that he has informed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that he will step down at the end of the year. He says he will head the white collar defense practice at a Richmond law firm, which he did not name.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Giorno will become acting U.S. attorney on Jan. 1.

Heaphy was the district's chief federal prosecutor for more than five years. In a news release, Holder praised Heaphy as "a dedicated public servant and a champion of the cause of justice."

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