D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentences overturned

D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentences overturned

D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentences overturned

Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two "D.C. snipers" found guilty of a string of fatal shootings that paralyzed the Washington region in October 2002, will have a chance at serving something less than life in prison.

Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk, Va., ruled Friday that because the Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life without parole, Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings.

Malvo argued in a federal petition that his sentences didn't align with current Supreme Court case law that judges must follow when sentencing juveniles. The ruling is based on a 2016 decision by the US Supreme Court.

Malvo also received life sentences in Maryland and those decisions will be subject to hearings next month.

Malvo, now 32 years old, is currently being held at Red Onion State Prison, a super-maximum security prison in Virginia. "His convictions in Virginia were not set aside, just the sentencings". His lawyers are appealing those on the same grounds, the Post reported.

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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. But a jury in Chesapeake, where the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity, chose a life sentence for Malvo, and Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush imposed that sentence in March 2004. The Virginia attorney general responded that Roush could have suspended some of Malvo's life term.

The state also argued that Malvo knowingly waived his appeal rights when he struck the plea bargain in Spotsylvania County.

"I couldn't say no", he said in the interview.

A man of deep faith, Meyers said he said he long ago forgave Malvo and Muhammad.

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