If a 17-year-old knowingly takes part in the indiscriminate murders of 10 people, should he be tried and sentences as an adult or a juvenile? Lee Boyd Malvo was one of two men convicted of murdering 10 people in 2002. He pled guilty to counts of murder and agreed to serve two life sentences without parole, along with being convicted of a jury of the murders and receiving two more life sentences without parole. Due to a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 stating that life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for a juvenile, Malvo, now 32, had his sentences tossed by a federal judge.
The life sentences that Lee Boyd Malvo received for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings which occurred in Virginia were thrown out Friday by a federal judge, because Malvo was 17 at the time of the attacks.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively. And so even though Malvo entered pleas in Spotsylvania County, Va., and agreed to serve two life sentences without parole, in addition to being convicted by a jury and sentenced to two life sentences in Chesapeake, Va., U.S. District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson vacated all four sentences and ordered resentencings.
The ruling does not apply to the six life sentences Malvo received in Maryland after he pleaded guilty to six murder charges there. His Maryland lawyers are appealing in both state and federal court on the same grounds, and a hearing is set for next month…
The ruling by the judge did not vacated Malvo’s convictions, only his sentences. Chances are, he’ll be resentenced to life in prison but with the chance of parole after at least 25 to 35 years. In his case, I disagree with the courts in that he knew perfectly well what he was doing at the time of the murders and acted like an adult and at 17, should be treated as an adult for his crimes. Actually, he should have faced a firing squad since he took part in the shootings of 10 people.