NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Lee Boyd Malvo, a convicted sniper who killed 10 people in Washington, D.C., was denied release by Virginia prisons officials on the grounds that he posed a risk to the public even after 20 years in prison.
Malvo and John Allen Muhammad murdered 10 people over the course of three weeks in October 2002 while also injuring three more. Malvo was 17 at the time. As the pair traveled from Washington state to the area surrounding the nation’s capitol, numerous other victims were tragically wounded across the country in the preceding months.
Malvo was found guilty of capital murder in Virginia and given a life sentence without the possibility of release. However, Malvo was given the chance to apply for parole after spending nearly 20 years in prison thanks to a number of Supreme Court decisions and a change in Virginia legislation.
According to state records of Parole Board rulings for August, the Virginia Parole Board denied his request on August 30, concluding that Malvo still poses a risk to the public and should complete more of his sentence before being released on parole.
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The Parole Board stated in its letter: “Release at this time would lessen the seriousness of the offence; serious nature and circumstances of your offense(s).”
John Allen Muhammad, a collaborator with Malvos, was put to death in Virginia in 2009. For the three murders in Virginia, Malvo, now 37, was given a life sentence without the possibility of release. Two federal courts determined that Malvo was entitled to new sentencing proceedings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Additionally, in 2020, the Virginia legislature approved a provision allowing young criminals to apply for parole after serving 20 years.
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When Malvo first encountered Muhammad, he was a much older 15-year-old Jamaican boy who had been sent to live in Antigua. Malvo was trained and brainwashed by Muhammad, and the two of them went on a murderous rampage that began in 2002 and ended with the ten killings in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
According to trial testimony, Muhammad planned the shootings in order to kill his ex-wife and make it seem like random acts of violence killed her, thereby regaining custody of the children.
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Malvo received a life sentence in jail in Maryland for crimes committed in the neighboring state, even if he had been granted release in Virginia. The top court in Maryland determined last month that Malvo must receive a new sentence for the crimes he committed there.