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Federal Judge Throws Out Life Sentences For DC Sniper Malvo, Says It’s Unconstitutional

 

Washington area sniper suspect John Lee Malvo is escorted by Fairfax County Sheriffs out of Fairfax County juvenile court in Fairfax, Virginia, in this November 15, 2002, file photo. Convicted Washington sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said the devastated reaction of a victim's husband 10 years ago made him feel like "the worst piece of scum on the planet," The Washington Post reported on September 30, 2012.© REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/Files Washington area sniper suspect John Lee Malvo is escorted by Fairfax County Sheriffs out of Fairfax County juvenile court in Fairfax, Virginia, in this November 15, 2002, file photo. Convicted Washington sniper…  

 

NORFOLK, Va. — A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, causing widespread fear throughout the region.

His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed.

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh, who helped prosecute Malvo, said the Virginia attorney general can appeal Jackson’s ruling. If not, he said he would pursue another life sentence.                (AP)

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