Former BHS student gets new sentencing for 2002 DC killing spree

Former BHS student gets new sentencing for 2002 DC killing spree

A federal judge has thrown out two life sentences being served by Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two people convicted in the Washington, D.C., sniper killings of 2002.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk ordered that Malvo receive new sentencing hearings in Virginia, writes USA Today.

But in 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down life sentences without parole for juveniles. The ruling is based on a 2016 decision by the US Supreme Court.

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

Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is sentenced in Chesapeake, Virginia, to life in prison on two counts of murder in the Washington, D.C.,-area sniper shootings. His lawyers are appealing those on the same grounds, the Post reported.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Malvo as well, for the slaying in Fairfax County, Va., of Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot in the Falls Church area.

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He lived in Bellingham with John Allen Muhammad before they went on a shooting spree that killed 10 people and wounded three others in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2002. His previous life sentences were without possibility of parole.

The brother of one of the victims of the sniper shootings said he was surprised by the decision, but will accept whatever sentence is imposed. The Virginia attorney general responded that Roush could have suspended some of Malvo's life term. Muhammad, 48, was executed in 2009.

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

Jackson agreed with Malvo, finding Friday that he had unknowingly given up his Eighth Amendment rights.

Malvo, now 32, was just 17 at the time of the shootings.

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