Former teen sniper’s re-sentencing on hold
The lawyers for convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo and the Virginia attorney general have agreed to postpone a resentencing of the former teenaged defendant while awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the resentencing should happen at all. Malvo, now 33, was given life sentences without parole in Virginia for three of the 10 killings he and accomplice John Allen Muhammad committed in the Washington area in 2002, when Malvo was 17. Muhammad was convicted of one Virginia sniper killing and sentenced to death, and he was executed in 2009. The pair was also convicted of six slayings in Maryland and given life sentences there.
But in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively. Last year, a federal judge in Norfolk ruled that in Malvo’s 2003 trial for the killing of Linda Franklin in Falls Church, Virginia, the jury’s choice of a life sentence without parole, rather than the death penalty, was essentially a mandatory one, and ordered Malvo resentenced. His convictions stand.