- February 6 – Disregarding Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Horan's recommendation that she serve 25 years in prison, Judge Thomas J. Middleton instead sentences Betty M. Holler to life in prison for her role as an intermediary in the January 31, 1978 contract murder of George H. Scarborough.
- February 12 – While searching for criminal suspect Kenneth E. King, Fairfax County Police Sergeant Walter D. Blankenship and Arlington County Police Corporal Kenneth Madden fatally shoot 21-year-old Stanley Hughes, who was unarmed and not a criminal suspect, at Hughes' mother's apartment at 3332 Lockheed Boulevard in Alexandria. King had committed suicide in the bedroom of the apartment, and when the police enter, they mistake Hughes for King and shoot him.
- Bercovici, Liza. "Betty Holler Gets Life Term as Leniency Plea is Ignored." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Feb 07 1979. ProQuest. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
- "Two Bullets Hit Man Killed by Police." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 12. Feb 15 1979. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
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