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Jury spares Malvo's life in D. December 24, The judge must impose life without parole when Malvo is formally sentenced March 10 for his part in the three-week reign of terror that left 10 people dead in and around the nation's capital in October Malvo, 18, wearing a blue sweater that made him look like a schoolboy, sat expressionless, his elbows on the defense table.
The trial was "an extremely difficult journey for everyone," jury foreman Jim Wolfcale said after the verdict. The other jurors declined comment. Wolfcale did not discuss why the jury decided on life, but prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed that Malvo's youth played a major role.
Defense attorney Craig Cooley said Malvo was relieved by the sentence, but "on the other hand he's 18, contemplating living the rest of his natural life in a penitentiary setting. Last month, Muhammad, 42, was found guilty of murder, and the jury recommended the death penalty.
The judge in that case could still overrule the jury when he formally sentences Muhammad. Both men could still be tried in other shootings in Virginia and elsewhere around the country and could get the death penalty.
Malvo was convicted of murder last week in the shooting of FBI analyst Linda Franklin, who was cut down by a single bullet to the head outside a Home Depot.
Malvo was 17 at the time. Cooley had argued that Malvo had been molded into a killer by the charismatic Muhammad. Cooley said Malvo came to regard the Muhammad as a father figure and was susceptible to older man's influence because of his own father's absences and because his mother beat him and moved him constantly.
When they commit evil acts, you can almost always trace the acts to the evil that has been performed against them," Cooley said. Cooley held a big rock, telling the jury that in ancient times the jury itself would stone the defendant.
Once it has been cast, it has no ability to temper its impact. The commonwealth urges you to vote to kill, to stain your stone with the blood of this child," Cooley said. Prosecutors had argued that death was the only appropriate sentence for Malvo.
Horan rejected the notion that Malvo was less responsible for his crimes because he had come under the influence of Muhammad. Maybe it was his plan. Maybe it was his idea. But the evidence stamps this defendant as the shooter.
Marion Lewis, whose daughter, Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, was shot and killed by a sniper bullet while cleaning her minivan at a Kensington, Md. The jury consisted of eight women and four men, eight whites and four blacks. The foreman was a year-old minister, and four others had occupations connected to education.
At the trial, the defense had presented an insanity defense, claiming Muhammad had so brainwashed Malvo with his notions of black nationalism, racism and revolutionary violence that the teenager was unable to tell right from wrong. Malvo and Muhammad are black.
Though the argument failed in the guilt-or-innocence part of the trial, it was central to the penalty phase. Also during the penalty phase, jurors wept as they heard from Franklin's year-old daughter Katrina Hannum, who testified she has nightmares every night in which she sees Malvo shoot her mother in the head.
Malvo was convicted of two counts of capital murder: The second law was passed after Sept. Both counts could have brought the death penalty.
The jurors found that prosecutors proved both aggravating factors needed to impose a death sentence: Cooley, Malvo's lawyer, agreed that Malvo's boyish appearance worked in his favor. Prosecutors had pointed to an escape attempt Malvo made the day of his arrest and letters Malvo wrote in jail as evidence of his dangerousness.
One has a drawing of a police officer in crosshairs with the notation: I would take you out at your dinner table. But the jury did not believe him; in convicting Malvo, it concluded he was the triggerman in Franklin's slaying.
Prosecutors in Maryland and Louisiana have said they want a crack at Muhammad, and Malvo could face a similar fate. Attorney General John Ashcroft had cited Virginia's ability to impose "the ultimate sanction" in sending Malvo and Muhammad to Virginia for prosecution.
Virginia is one of only 21 states that allow the execution of those who were 16 or 17 when they killed.Lee Boyd Malvo, 32, was one of two men found guilty in the series of sniper shootings in the fall of that killed 10 people, wounded three others and left residents of Washington, suburbs.
Dec 14, · Muhammad had become Malvo's surrogate father by the time the two settled into a Bellingham, Wash., homeless shelter in the fall of Friends said Muhammad was still numb that a Tacoma judge the month before had taken away his visitation rights.
Sep 24, · Timeline – Other incidents where Muhammad/Malvo were charged or considered suspects: February 16, Ballistics are a match to Bushmaster rifle and eyewitness accounts link to the DC snipers.
Capital murder charges are filed against Muhammad and Malvo. On February 18, , in Kingston, Jamaica, Lee Boyd Malvo, the son of Una James and Leslie Malvo, was born. However, his story does not begin there.
To understand Lee Malvo and the forces that shaped him and facilitated the persona of John Lee Muhammad, we have to . Lee Boyd Malvo, the teenage sniper who terrorized the nation's capital region 10 years ago, now says he was also victimized -- sexually -- by John Muhammad.
In an exclusive telephone interview. o Maryland vs. Virginia o John Muhammad in Lee Boyd Malvo o DC Snipers o 6 killed in Maryland, 1 wounded o 3 killed in Virginia, 1 wounded o 1 killed in Washington, DC Timeline o Tried for two of the Virginia homicides (Prince William County) o Muhammad was sentenced to death o Prosecutor awaited Supreme Court decision in Roper for Malvo’s sentencing o Malvo (while waiting) pled under.