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New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper case

Posted at 4:59 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 18:51:48-05

WASHINGTON -- Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia have agreed to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed a criminal sentencing law for juveniles.

Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday, people serving life terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 can be considered for parole after serving at least 20 years.

Malvo was 17 when he and another man terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

The high court was weighing whether he deserves a new sentencing hearing.