Back in 2002, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad carried out a series of seemingly random murders in the Washington DC area by shooting out of a car trunk turned into a sniper’s nest.
John Allen Muhammad was executed but Malvo got a life sentence because he was 17. Now a judge has tossed out the life sentence.
FOX News reports:
DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo’s life sentence thrown out
A federal district court judge has overturned the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two people convicted in D.C.-area Beltway sniper attacks nearly 15 years ago, according to a ruling released Friday.
Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the sniper-style attacks committed around the region in October 2002 along with John Allen Muhammad. Ten people were killed and three others were shot during a three-week period.
Malvo appealed to the court saying he should not have been sentenced to life without parole because he was 17 years old at the time of the murders and he based his appeal on the Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama.
The decision in the Supreme Court case ruled juveniles are constitutionally different from adults for the purposes of sentencing “because juveniles have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform,” which makes them “less deserving of the most severe punishments.” Judge Raymond Jackson agreed and ordered the overturning of the sentence.
The families of the victims are probably not happy about this and who could blame them?