DC sniper to be resentenced after judge overturns life-without-parole rulings

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Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentence for his involvement in the 2002 DC sniper attacks has been overturned by a federal court because he was only 17 years old at the time of his arrest.

The order for reconsideration is based on a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision giving constitutional sentencing protections to juveniles.

In 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled such sentences unconstitutional for juveniles and later found that the ruling should be applied retroactively.

In an interview with The Washington Post in 2012 in a Virginia prison, Malvo said Muhammad "picked me because he knew he could mold me".

Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said Friday evening that the office is "reviewing the decision and will do everything possible, including a possible appeal, to make sure this convicted mass murderer serves the life sentences that were originally imposed". His Maryland lawyers are appealing in both state and federal court on the same grounds, and those cases are pending.

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Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Malvo as well, for the slaying in Fairfax of Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot in the Falls Church area.

Malvo then negotiated a plea bargain in Spotsylvania County and agreed to a life sentence and waived his appeal rights.

Cooley said he believes Malvo was the first and most carefully planned victim in the murder spree, orchestrated by his father-figure, Muhammad. His previous life sentences were without possibility of parole.

"I was at peace knowing Muhammad was executed and Malvo was serving life without parole". "I realised that once he goes back to his sense, he recognised that there is a God".

Malvo remains at the state's super-max Red Onion State Prison.

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