Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

Lee Boyd Malvo enters a courtroom in the Spotsylvania Va. Circuit Court. A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentenc

The life sentences that Lee Boyd Malvo received for his role in the sniper shootings which occurred in Virginia in 2002 were thrown out Friday by a federal judge, because he was 17 at the time of the attacks.

Judge Raymond Jackson based his ruling on a 2012 Supreme Court decision that found juveniles are constitutionally different from adults for the purposes of sentencing because juveniles have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform.

Malvo, now 32, took part in sniper shootings that killed 10 people and injured three others between October 2 and 24, 2002, across the Beltway in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Malvo's case has been remanded back to Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to issue a new sentence.




In an interview with The Washington Post in 2012 in a Virginia prison, Malvo said Muhammad "picked me because he knew he could mold me". A hearing is scheduled in June. If not, Morrogh said he would pursue another life sentence, saying he believes Malvo meets the criteria for a harsh sentence. "His convictions in Virginia were not set aside, just the sentencings". One prohibited mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles. In 2016, the high court ruled that the principle could be applied retroactively.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Malvo as well, for the slaying in Fairfax of Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot in the Falls Church area.

Virginia argued that Malvo waived his right to appeal when he entered his pleas.

The attorney general's office argued unsuccessfully that the Supreme Court rulings should not apply to Malvo. The state argued that the jury's findings provide the kind of individualized assessment that the Supreme Court requires to sentence a juvenile to life in prison. Lawyers for Malvo said Muhammad, who treated Malvo as his son and taught him marksmanship, had a Svengali effect on the youth and coerced him into the killing spree. Muhammad, 48, was executed in 2009.

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