Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

Ellen Mills
May 27, 2017

A United States high court on Friday overturned some of the life sentences of Jamaica-born USA sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted for his role in a killing spree in Washington nearly 15 years ago.

Malvo was one of two shooters who killed ten people and injured three others in October of 2002. Muhammad was executed in Virginia in 2009.

The court concluded that while the convictions would stand, the life sentences would be tossed out, and Malvo would be resentenced. Last year, the court ruled that decision could be retroactive.

US District Judge Raymond Jackson cited that Supreme Court decision in ordering that Malvo be re-sentenced, the Post reported. But before that happens, the Virginia attorney general could appeal Jackson's ruling, which would postpone any resentencing hearings. If not, he said he would pursue another life sentence.

Malvo's first trial took place in Chesapeake after a judge agreed to move it from Fairfax because of pretrial publicity.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Malvo as well, for the slaying in Fairfax County, Va., of Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot in the Falls Church area. His previous life sentences were without possibility of parole.

As they traveled, Muhammad and Malvo carried out a series of murders across the country, beginning in Washington state.

The state also argued that Malvo knowingly waived his appeal rights when he struck the plea bargain in Spotsylvania County. 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. "I realised that once he goes back to his sense, he recognised that there is a God".

Malvo, now 32, was just 17 at the time of the shootings.

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