Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Judge Throws Out Life Sentences for DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

Judge Throws Out Life Sentences for DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

A federal district court judge has overturned the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo on Friday, one of the two shooters involved in D.C.'s sniper attacks almost 15 years ago, according to the Washington Post.

"Malvo's case has been remanded back to Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to issue a new sentence", reports Fox News' DC affiliate. The ruling is based on a 2016 decision by the US Supreme Court. Instead, the courts in Fairfax and Spotsylvania must resentence Malvo, on the new standards devised by the Supreme Court in 2012, and he could still receive life sentences again.

He would eventually be sentenced to another life term for another murder in Virginia and six more consecutive life sentences for murders committed in Maryland.

However, the federal judge's ruling only applies to his sentences in Virginia.

Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested over the killings, was serving two life sentences on two counts of capital murder in Virginia. His Maryland lawyers are appealing in both state and federal court on the same grounds, and a hearing is set for next month.

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In October 2002, 10 people were killed and three others shot in incidents around the Washington region attributed to Malvo and his older accomplice and mentor, John Allen Muhammad.

The relevant case law, concerning the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and usual punishment, came down after Malvo was originally sentenced. Prosecutors sought a death sentence, but a jury opted for life in prison. Muhammad, 48, was executed in 2009. Investigators later said Muhammad meant to kill his ex-wife, who lived in the Washington area.

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

Malvo, now 32 years old, is currently being held at Red Onion State Prison, a super-maximum security prison in Virginia.

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