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Judge tosses life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

Judge tosses life sentences for DC sniper Malvo
Posted at 5:49 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 15:00:23-04

(RNN) – A federal judge in Virginia has thrown out two life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

Saying the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, the judge ordered new sentencing hearings for Malvo, according to the Associated Press.

The ruling doesn't overturn life sentences he received in Maryland after pleading guilty to six murders there. 

He was 17 at the time of the murders and one of two people convicted in the Beltway area sniper attacks. His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009.

The shooting spree killed 10 people and wounded three across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, over three weeks in October 2002. 

The pair are also suspected of murdering one clerk and seriously injuring another at a liquor store in Montgomery, AL, two weeks before the DC murders.  

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