Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

A ruling released by a federal court Friday overturned the two life sentences of DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

The case has now been remanded back to both Spotsylvania County Circuit Court and Chesapeake City Circuit court to issue a new sentence.

Malvo was 17 at the time.

His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed.

The pair are also suspected of murdering one clerk and seriously injuring another at a liquor store in Montgomery, AL, two weeks before the DC murders. But before that happens, the Virginia attorney general could appeal Jackson's ruling, which would postpone any resentencing hearings.

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The order was handed down Friday, May 26 by Judge Raymond Jackson.

Malvo received sentences of life without parole after two separate trials. "His convictions in Virginia were not set aside, just the sentencings". Investigators later said Muhammad meant to kill his ex-wife, who lived in the Washington area. Muhammad was executed via lethal injection on November 10, 2009.

The decision in the Supreme Court case ruled juveniles are constitutionally different from adults for the purposes of sentencing "because juveniles have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform", which makes them "less deserving of the most severe punishments".

Malvo, in one of the rare prison interviews he granted to the media, told NBC's "Today" show five years ago that he felt powerless to refuse Muhammad's wishes to shoot at innocent people. "I was able to move on with my life", she said. "I had wanted that level of love and acceptance and consistency for all of my life and couldn't find it". If you look up the definition, I mean, that's what a monster is. I was a thief. "There is no rhyme or reason or sense".

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