Judge hears challenge to D.C. sniper’s life sentence
An attorney for a man convicted as a teenager of taking part in deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the D.C. area argued before a Montgomery County judge Thursday that his young client’s life sentence is unconstitutional and should be thrown out.
Lee Malvo was convicted in Maryland and Virginia when he was 17 for his role in the 2002 shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He later acknowledged shooting people in other states as well.
Malvo, 32, is serving his sentence at Red Onion State Prison in Southwest Virginia.
His lawyer, James Johnston, argued during the 90-minute hearing that Malvo’s sentence should be tossed because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.
The judge will make a ruling at a later date.
Malvo was not present in court.
An attorney for Lee Malvo, who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deadly sniper attacks in 2002, has argued that the life sentence for Malvo is unconstitutional.