Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

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A federal district judge today (May 26) overturned the life sentence of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted almost 15 years ago of fatally shooting people in the Washington area, Fox 5 DC reported.

In his 25-page ruling, Norfolk-based federal district judge Raymond A. Jackson vacated Malvo's sentenced and remanded the case to Spotsylvania County Circuit Court for appropriate sentencing.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. Then, last year, the Supreme Court applied that case retroactively to sentences issued before 2012.

Malvo also received life sentences in Maryland and those decisions will be subject to hearings next month.

Malvo pleaded guilty in Spotsylvania County and agreed to serve two life sentences without parole.

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.

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. The Virginia attorney general responded that Roush could have suspended some of Malvo's life term.

Virginia argued that Malvo waived his right to appeal when he entered his pleas. Lawyers for Malvo said Muhammad, who treated Malvo as his son and taught him marksmanship, had a Svengali effect on the youth and coerced him into the killing spree.

"I was at peace knowing Muhammad was executed and Malvo was serving life without parole".

In an interview with the Washington Post a few years back, Malvo said, "I mean, I was a monster".

She said she has forgiven Malvo and knows that he was brainwashed by the older, imposing Muhammad.

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