Judge Throws Out Life Sentences for D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

Judge Throws Out Life Sentences for D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia's most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

In his ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk, Va., said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three over a three-week span in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, causing widespread fear throughout the region.

His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009.

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