Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

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- A federal district court judge has overturned the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two people convicted in D.C. -area Beltway sniper attacks almost 15 years ago, according to a ruling released Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson, in a rare move, sent Malvo's case back to state courts in Chesapeake and Spotslvania County in Virginia for resentencing. In 2009, Muhammad was executed for the murders.

He lived in Bellingham with John Allen Muhammad before they went on a shooting spree that killed 10 people and wounded three others in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2002.

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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. In 2016, the high court ruled that the principle could be applied retroactively. But before that happens, the Virginia attorney general could appeal Jackson's ruling, which would postpone any resentencing hearings.

In 2013, he appealed to the court for a new sentence in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama, which held that juveniles must be treated differently in sentencing "because [they] have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform".

Malvo, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole for the sniper-style attacks committed around D.C., Maryland, and Virgina in 2002.

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Malvo said he met Muhammad in Antigua and took to the road with him.

Now 32, Malvo is serving multiple life sentences at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, a supermax prison. For now, he'll remain in prison, his attorney told CNN.

In an interview that same year with the Washington Post, Malvo described himself as "a monster.If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is". I was a thief.

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"I'm not surprised at the ruling", Cooley said Friday. "There is no rhyme or reason or sense".

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