A bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam allows Lee Boyd Malvo, a convicted serial killer, to apply for parole in four years.
The Daily Caller further reports:
The law allows prisoners who were convicted of crimes before they turned 18 and are serving life terms to be considered for parole after they spent at least 20 years in prison, Fox 5 DC reported. Northam signed the law into effect Monday, and the law ultimately ended a pending Supreme Court case regarding the Washington, D.C., sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.
Malvo was serving a life sentence after he terrorized the D.C. area in 2002 at age 17, according to Fox 5 DC. The young man was 15 when he came from Jamaica and met John Allen Muhammad, who indoctrinated Malvo and led him on a sniping spree throughout the United States that ended in 10 deaths throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Malvo was sentenced to life in prison by a Virginia judge, and Muhammed was sentenced to death and executed in 2009, The New York Times reported.
Both Malvo’s lawyers and the state of Virginia alerted the court Monday that they were in agreement that Malvo’s life term should remain in effect and that he would have a chance at parole beginning in 2024, Fox 5 DC reported.
In the chaos that engulfed the Washington, D.C. metro area in October 2002, the media gave the then-unidentified Muhammad and Malvo the moniker The Beltway Sniper. Before they were caught at a Maryland rest stop, they murdered ten people and critically injured three others across greater Washington.
The duo later confessed that their shooting spree began on the West Coast, bringing their total number of victims to 17.