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Malvo gets life sentence in Maryland sniper cases

[JURIST] The Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland on Wednesday imposed a life imprisonment sentence on Lee Boyd Malvo [BBC profile], who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last month to six Maryland murders that occurred during a three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC area [WP map] in 2002. Malvo has already been sentenced to life imprisonment in Virginia [JURIST report] for sniper shootings there. Authorities confirmed that Malvo will be transported to Virginia this week since Maryland agreed to send him back after the conclusion of its trial. Malvo, however, may still be seeking a deal to pleads guilty to murders that took place in the District of Columbia, which would make him eligible to serve his sentence in the federal prison system, and not in Virginia.

Malvo testified in May [JURIST report] in the second trial against fellow suspect and shooting mastermind John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile], saying that Muhammed planned to "terrorize" the nation. Malvo had refused to testify in Muhammad's first trial in Virginia, citing Fifth Amendment protections. In the second trial, Muhammad was convicted and sentenced [JURIST report] to six consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. AP has more.

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