At­tor­ney: DC sniper life sen­tence un­con­sti­tu­tional

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - NATION -

ROCKVILLE, Md. — An at­tor­ney for a man con­victed of tak­ing part in sniper shoot­ings that left 10 peo­ple dead in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. area is ask­ing a judge to toss his life sen­tence be­cause he was con­victed as a ju­ve­nile.

In a mo­tion filed Fri­day in a Mary­land county court, pub­lic de­fender James John­ston ar­gues that Lee Boyd Malvo’s manda­tory life sen­tence is il­le­gal be­cause the U.S. Supreme Court de­ter­mined such sen­tences are un­con­sti­tu­tional for ju­ve­niles.

Malvo was con­victed in Mary­land and Vir­ginia when he was 17 for his role in the 2002 sniper shoot­ings that killed 10 peo­ple and wounded three in Vir­ginia, Mary­land and the Dis­trict of Columbia. He also later ad­mit­ted to shoot­ings in other states. He’s serv­ing a life term at the Red Onion State Prison in south­west Vir­ginia.

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