Malvo sentenced to life in prison

March 11, 2004, midnight | By Vivek Chellappa | 16 years, 10 months ago

Sniper could be tried for other murders

This is not original reporting. All information was taken from the Associated Press.

Lee Boyd Malvo, the 18-year-old sniper who helped terrorize the Washington, D.C., area in late 2002, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of FBI analyst Linda Franklin outside of a Falls Church Home Depot.

Circuit Judge Jan Roush's decision was anti-climatic, considering that the jury recommended life in prison for Malvo. Virginia law prevents a judge from increasing a jury's recommendation but also states that the minimum penalty for a capital murder conviction is life in prison, according to the Associated Press.

After the trial, prosecutor Paul Ebert announced that he would wait for a pending Supreme Court case regarding the legality of the death penalty before pushing for the death penalty for Malvo.

"If the Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is still available to juveniles, I will try Mr. Malvo and very likely seek the death penalty," Ebert said.

Malvo's partner, John Allen Muhammad, was sentenced to death on Monday. For the full story, click here

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