Lee Boyd Malvo appeals life sentences, says they're cruel and unusual

Malvo is currently serving multiple life sentences at a Wise County prison. Photo: Montgomery County Police

Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two men responsible for the terrifying string of sniper attacks across the D.C. area in 2002, wants the 10 life sentences he's currently serving vacated.

Malvo, who is currently being held in a supermax prison facility in far western Virginia, was convicted on multiple counts of first-degree murder in Montgomery and Spotslyvania counties several years ago.

He and his accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, shot 13 people in October of 2002 while roaming around Maryland and Virginia in a now-infamous blue Chevrolet. Ten of the victims in their attacks died.

Malvo's lawyers claim that his life sentences qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment because he was under 18 when he was given life in prison without parole.

The young shooter apologized to at least one of his victims, John Gaeta, in a letter in 2010. Two yeas later, in an interview with the Washington Post, Malvo said he felt like "the worst piece of scum on the planet."

He also accused Muhammad, who was executed in 2009, of sexually abusing him.

D.C. resident Ed Angel remembers the terror he felt vividly, but is conflicted about Malvo.

“I have mixed emotions about it because he was young,” Angel says. “But what he did was horrific.”

Marquita Hailstock cowered in her classroom when the snipers were believed to be near her school. But she believes in redemption especially for the young.

“Everybody is entitled to second chance,” she says.

But there are many others who say Malvo was old enough to know what he was doing and should pay the price in full.

Helen Jorgensen, a District resident, said Malvo shouldn’t ever be let out because “he committed a very bad crime.”

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