WASHINGTON DC — In October of 2002, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad went on a killing spree in the DC-area Beltway. Eventually caught by police and later found guilty in court of murder, Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his part in the sniper-style attacks which left ten people dead and three others injured during a three-week period. However, a federal district court judge overturned the life sentence of Malvo on Friday, according to a ruling released by the court.
Malvo appealed to the court saying he should not have been sentenced to life without parole because he was just a teenager at the time of the murders. Malvo was 17 at the time.
Judge Raymond Jackson agreed with Malvo’s argument and made his ruling to vacate the killer’s sentence. Thus, Malvo’s case will now go back to Spotsylvania County Circuit Court where a new sentence will be issued.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh, who helped prosecute Malvo in 2003, said the Virginia attorney general can appeal Jackson’s ruling. If not, Morrogh said he would pursue another life sentence, saying he believes Malvo meets the criteria for a harsh sentence.
The Virginia Attorney General’s Office said in a statement, “We are reviewing the decision and will do everything possible, including a possible appeal, to make sure this convicted mass murderer serves the life sentences that were originally imposed.”
Muhammad was executed in 2009 for his role in the killings.
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