Judge hears chal­lenge to D.C. sniper’s life sen­tence

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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