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Virginia corrections have denied parole to convicted Washington, DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.
Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people and injured three others in a three-week period in October 2002. Several other victims were fatally injured across the country in recent months as the duo made their way to the country’s capital. from Washington State.
Malvo was convicted of capital murder in Virginia and sentenced to life in prison without parole. However, a series of Supreme Court rulings and an amendment to Virginia law gave Malvo the opportunity to seek parole after serving nearly 20 years in custody.
The Virginia Parole Board rejected his request on Aug. 30, finding that Malvo remains a risk to the community and must serve more of his sentence before being paroled.
“Releasing at this time would lessen the seriousness of the crime; Serious nature and circumstances of your offence(s),” the probation officer wrote.
Malvo’s accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in Virginia in 2009. Malvo, now 37, was sentenced to life without parole for the three murders in Virginia. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional, two federal courts ruled that Malvo was entitled to new convictions. The Virginia legislature also passed a law in 2020 that gave underage delinquents the option to seek parole after 20 years.
Malvo was a 15-year-old from Jamaica who was sent to Antigua when he met the much older Mohammed. Mohammed trained and indoctrinated Malvo, and in 2002 the couple embarked on a nationwide killing spree that ended with the 10 murders in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Witness statements revealed that the shooting was a plan for Mohammed to regain custody of his children by killing his ex-wife and making her death look like random violence.
Even if Malvo had been given parole in Virginia, he also received a life sentence in Maryland for crimes committed in the neighboring state. Last month, Maryland’s highest court ruled that Malvo should be convicted of his crimes there.
Malvo, now 37, is serving his sentence at the super-high-security Red Onion State Prison in Virginia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.