WASHINGTON — Almost 15 years after the Capital Beltway sniper rampage that left 10 dead, lawyers for Lee Boyd Malvo will be in a Montgomery County, Maryland, courtroom, arguing that his six life sentences are unconstitutional.
Malvo’s attorneys say a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes retroactive a previous order deeming mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder unconstitutional.
Prosecutors counter the 2016 ruling doesn’t apply to Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested in 2002.
A hearing is set for June 15 in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Malvo was initially found guilty of capital murder in Fairfax County in 2003, and was sentenced to life in prison. The trial was held in Chesapeake, Virginia.