Virginia Attorney General Statement Regarding Case of DC Sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo

On Supreme Court Oral Argument in the Case of D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement on today’s oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court on efforts by Lee Boyd Malvo to receive a lighter sentence for his murder convictions in Virginia.

The Supreme Court will consider whether convicted mass murderer Lee Malvo should have a chance to get out of jail or receive a lighter sentence after he and John Allen Muhammad shot and killed twelve innocent people, wounded six others, and terrorized an entire region during a calculated killing spree that lasted nearly seven weeks.  Malvo received a fair, lawful trial in which he presented significant evidence about his age.  Malvo should not get out of jail, receive a lighter sentence, or drag his victims’ families through yet another prolonged legal procedure.

Virginia Solicitor General Toby J. Heytens will present oral argument on behalf of the Commonwealth.  The Commonwealth’s argument is that lower courts improperly expanded the Supreme Court’s decisions in Miller and Montgomery, which prohibit mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles, to include non-mandatory life sentences like Malvo’s.