Supreme Court Hears Case Over Life Sentence of D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case involving the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two so-called D.C. snipers.

Justices appeared split over whether to grant Malvo, who was convicted and sentenced to life without parole as a teenager, a new sentencing hearing, according to reports.

Malvo was 17 years old when he and 41-year-old John Allen Muhammad murdered 10 people and wounded three others in a random string of killings that terrorized the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., region in 2002.

Muhammad was executed in 2009, while Malvo was handed four life sentences without parole in Virginia and six life sentences without parole in Maryland. He is serving his sentence in a Virginia prison.

But the Supreme Court delivered rulings in 2012 and 2016 that made mandatory life without parole sentences unconstitutional for most juvenile offenders.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Jessica Campisi

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