Lee Boyd Malvo
Lee Boyd Malvo (Courtesy of biography.com)

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review the sentences for Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two snipers who terrorized the D.C. area in 2002.

The high court will hear the state of Virginia’s appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that Malvo’s sentences be reviewed because he just 17 at the time when he and John Allen Muhammad randomly shot 13 people, 10 fatally, in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. over a three-week period.

Muhammad, considered the mastermind of the duo, was executed in 2009. For his role as the primary sniper, Malvo received four sentences of life without parole in Virginia.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory sentences of life without parole cannot be imposed on juveniles unless they committed murder and were deemed permanently incorrigible. That ruling was made retroactive in a subsequent high court decision four years later.

Even if Virginia must re-sentence Malvo, he still faces life without parole for his six murder convictions in Maryland. He is currently incarcerated in a Virginia supermax prison.

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