Lawyer: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

ROCKVILLE, Md. – A lawyer for a man sentenced to take part in the sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area asks a judge to throw out his life sentence because he was sentenced as a minor.

In a motion filed Friday in a Maryland county judge, public prosecutor, James Johnston claims that Lee Boyd Malvo is mandatory life sentence is illegal because the U.S. Supreme court determined such sentences are unconstitutional for minors.

Malvo was convicted in Maryland and Virginia when he was 17 for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He also later admitted to shootings in other states. He is serving a life term at the Red Onion State Prison in southwest Virginia.

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