Supreme Court will hear case of DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo’s life sentence
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear the case of the man sentenced to life without parole for terrorizing Washington, DC, in the 2002 sniper attacks.
The nation’s highest court will decide whether the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo — who as a teenager helped to commit a string of fatal shootings — will be changed in Virginia.
Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad, 41, killed 10 people in Maryland, Virginia and Washington during a three-week period.
At the time, his sentence of life-without-parole was legal, but Supreme Court decisions that followed have changed sentencing requirements for juvenile offenders.
Last year, the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that a resentencing would decide whether Malvo qualifies as an underage offender who can be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole because his “crimes reflect permanent incorrigibility.”
If, instead, his crimes “reflect the transient immaturity of youth,” he should be entitled to a sentence short of life without parole, the court ruled.
The Supreme Court will review that decision, with the case likely to be heard in the fall.
Malvo’s accomplice, Muhammad, was sentenced to death and executed in 2009.
Malvo was also sentenced to life without parole in Maryland and a court there ruled he wouldn’t get a new sentence. Malvo has appealed.
With Post wires