Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Health Care | By Jan Bell

Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo gets life sentence tossed in federal court

Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo gets life sentence tossed in federal court

A United States federal district court judge has reportedly overturned the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two people convicted in D.C. -area Beltway sniper attacks almost 15 years ago.

A federal judge ordered Virginia Courts to hold new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo.

The decision in the Supreme Court case ruled juveniles are constitutionally different from adults for the purposes of sentencing "because juveniles have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform", which makes them "less deserving of the most severe punishments". "The Supreme Court has decided that the Miller rule is a substantive rule of constitutional law that is so fundamental that it requires retroactive application", Jackson concluded.

Malvo was also sentenced to life in prison for the shooting that took place there and his lawyer have filed similar appeals, according to the Associated Press.

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Malvo pleaded guilty in Spotsylvania County and agreed to serve two life sentences without parole.

Now 32, Malvo is serving multiple life sentences at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, a supermax prison. If not, Morrogh said he would pursue another life sentence, saying he believes Malvo meets the criteria for a harsh sentence.

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

The shooting spree killed 10 people and wounded three across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, over three weeks in October 2002.

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The attorney general's office argued unsuccessfully that the Supreme Court rulings should not apply to Malvo. Under Virginia law, a capital murder conviction requires either a death sentence or life without parole. Muhammad was executed via lethal injection on November 10, 2009.

In an interview with the Washington Post a few years back, Malvo said, "I mean, I was a monster". "But if he's going to be let out in my lifetime, I'm not comfortable with that".

Malvo is now 32-years-old.

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