RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has denied parole to convicted sniper killer Lee Boyd Malvo, saying he still poses a risk to the community two decades after he and his partner terrorized the Washington area , DC, with a series of random shootings.
Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad shot and killed 10 people and injured three others over a three-week period in October 2002. Several other victims were shot dead across the country in the preceding months as the duo were heading to the National Capital Region of Washington State.
Malvo was convicted of capital murder in Virginia and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But a series of Supreme Court rulings and a change in Virginia law gave Malvo the chance to seek parole after serving nearly 20 years in prison.
The Virginia Parole Board denied his request Aug. 30, saying Malvo remains a risk to the community and should serve more of his sentence before being released on parole, according to state records on parole board decisions for the month of August.
“Release at that time would lessen the seriousness of the crime; Severity and circumstances of your offence(s),” the parole board 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 Virginia murders. But after the United States Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for minors were unconstitutional, two federal courts ruled that Malvo was entitled to new sentencing hearings. The Virginia Legislature also passed a law in 2020 that gave juvenile offenders the opportunity to apply for parole after serving 20 years.
Malvo was a 15-year-old Jamaican who had been sent to live in Antigua when he met the much older Muhammad. Muhammad trained and indoctrinated Malvo, and in 2002 the pair embarked on a nationwide murder spree that culminated in the 10 murders in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Testimony at trial indicated that the shooting was a plan for Muhammad to regain custody of his children by killing his ex-wife and making her death appear to be the result of random violence.
Malvo is serving his sentence at the maximum security Red Onion State Prison in Virginia.
Even though Malvo had been granted parole in Virginia, he was also sentenced to life in prison in Maryland for crimes in the neighboring state. Last month Maryland’s tallest The court ruled that Malvo should be sentenced for his crimes there.