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He was 17 during D.C. sniper shootings. 16 years later, Lee Boyd Malvo is seeking a lower sentence

He was 17 during D.C. sniper shootings. 16 years later, Lee Boyd Malvo is seeking a lower sentence

A sniper who randomly killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region more than 15 years ago is entitled to a new hearing to ask for a lighter sentence, his lawyer argued Tuesday to a federal appeals court.

Lee Boyd Malvo was 17 when he and his mentor, John Allen Muhammad, then 41, shot people in Virginia, Maryland and Washington as they pumped gas, loaded packages into their cars and went about their everyday business during a three-week period in 2002.

Muhammad was sentenced to death and was executed in Virginia in 2009.

A jury convicted Malvo of capital murder for killing FBI analyst Linda Franklin, who was shot in the head outside a Home Depot store, but spared...

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