Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo
Johnnie Parks | 27 May, 2017, 09:50

A federal district court judge in Virginia on Friday found the life-without-parole sentence for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to be unconstitutional and has sent the matter to a state court appropriate re-sentencing, Fox News affiliate WTTG-TV reported.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk, Va. ordered that Malvo receive new sentencing hearings in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

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. He was also convicted by a jury and sentenced to two life sentences in Fairfax County, it added.

Malvo appealed his life sentences on the premise that he was seventeen-years-old at the time of the murders, making him a minor exempt from a life sentence (based on Miller v. Alabama). 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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Muhammad was executed in 2009 after he was sentenced to death in Prince William County. If not, Morrogh said he would pursue another life sentence, saying he believes Malvo meets the criteria for a harsh sentence.

Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for the shootings in D.C. Malvo was sentenced to life without parole along with John Allen Muhammad, then 42. Under Virginia law, a capital murder conviction requires either a death sentence or life without parole.

The attorney general's office argued unsuccessfully that the Supreme Court rulings should not apply to Malvo. The killings caused fear throughout the Metro region back in 2002.

A man of deep faith, Meyers said he said he long ago forgave Malvo and Muhammad. "I was able to move on with my life", she said. Malvo remains at the state's super-max Red Onion State Prison.

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