The United States Supreme Court said yesterday, it will consider whether Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two “Beltway Snipers” who killed ten people and wounded others in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, may challenge his life sentence without parole.
Malvo was 16 when he and John Allen Muhammad terrorized the Washington region and ultimately he received four life terms without parole. But now, “Malvo is arguing the Supreme Court has changed juvenile sentencing law.”
University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias says, “Subsequent Supreme Court Case law, has allowed a possible window.”
Richmond’s Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ordered resentencing, but Virginia’s attorney general’s office argued against it. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear it. “That means that next term, starting in October, the Supreme Court will have briefing and oral arguments on whether the Fourth Circuit was correct,” says Tobias.
Yesterday’s ruling does not alter Malvo’s guilt, and even if he is resentenced, the judge could still impose a life sentence