LEE Boyd Malvo was one of the snipers in the Beltway attacks in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Malvo, alongside his mentor John Allen Muhammad, shot 13 people in the span of three weeks in October 2002.
Who is Lee Malvo?
Lee Boyd Malvo is a convicted of mass murder, who took part in a three-week murder spree in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Along with John Allen Muhammad, he was arrested on October 24, 2002.
He was aged 16-17 at the time of the shootings.
Also known as John Lee Malvo, he was born February 18, 1985, in Jamaica, to Leslie Malvo, a mason, and Una James, a seamstress.
His parents separated when he was five years old, and he was sent to live with his aunt Marie, before reuniting with his mother in Antigua.
This is where in 1999 Malvo, 14 at the time, first met John Allen Muhammad.
When Malvo's mother moved to the US, she left her son in the care of Muhammad, who at that point became a father figure to the juvenile.
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In 2001, Malvo entered the United States with Muhammad and reunited with his mother in Florida, before re-joining Muhammad in Bellingham, Washington.
According to a trial testimony, Muhammad began teaching Malvo how to use firearms and indoctrinating him politically.
According to Craig Cooley, one of Malvo's defence attorneys, Muhammad had convinced him that the $10million ransom sought from the US government to stop the sniper killings, would be used to establish a utopian society for 140 black homeless children on a Canadian compound.
Malvo was charged in Virginia for two capital crimes – the murder of FBI analyst Linda Franklin "in the commission of an act of terrorism", and the murder of multiple people in a three-year period.
He was also charged with the unlawful use of a firearm in the murder of Franklin.
In December 2003, Malvo was convicted on both charges and sentenced to a life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Malvo was also spared the possibility of a death sentence by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, which found capital punishment for juvenile offenders to be unconstitutional.
How many people did Lee Malvo kill?
In February 2002, at the age of 16, Lee Malvo shot and killed a woman in Tacoma, Washington, at Muhammad’s direction.
This was the pair's first of at least six victims as they traveled toward the D.C. area, where Muhammad’s ex-wife lived with their children.
In a three-week period in October 2002, Malvo and Muhammad shot 13 people, and killed 10.
The victims of the Beltway shootings were all completely random and of different ages and sexes and were killed with single shots, fired from Muhammad and Malvo's car.
Here is a list of all known victims of Malvo and Muhammad:
- Keenya Nicole Cook, 21, February 16, 2002, Tacoma, Washington
- Jerry Ray Taylor, 60, March 19, Tucson, Arizona
- An unidentified man, 76, May 18, Clearwater, Florida – survived
- Billy Gene Dillon, 37, May 27, Denton, Texas
- John C. Gaeta, 52, August 1, Hammond, Louisiana – survived
- Paul LaRuffa, 55, September 5, Clinton, Maryland – survived
- Rupinder "Benny" Oberoi, 22, September 14, Silver Springs, Maryland – survived
- Muhammad Rashid, 32, September 15, Brandywine, Maryland – survived
- Million A. Waldemariam, 41, September 21, Atlanta, Georgia
- Claudine Lee Parker, 52, September 21, Montgomery, Alabama
- Kellie Adams, 24, September 21, Montgomery, Alabama – survived
- Hong Im Ballenger, 45, September 23, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Wright Williams, Jr., 55, September 26, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – survived
- James Martin, 55, October 2, Wheaton, Maryland
- James Buchanan, 39, October 3, Rockville, Maryland
- Premkumar Walekar, 54, October 3, Aspen Hill, Maryland
- Sarah Ramos, 34, October 3, Silver Spring, Maryland
- Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, October 3, Kensington, Maryland
- Pascal Charlot, 72, October 3, Washington, D.C.
- Caroline Seawell, 43, October 4, Spotsylvania, Virginia – survived
- Iran Brown, 13, October 7, Bowie, Maryland – survived
- Dean Harold Meyers, 53, October 9, Manassas, Virginia
- Kenneth Bridges, 53, October 11, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Linda Franklin, 47, October 14, Falls Church, Virginia
- Jeffrey Hopper, 37, October 19, Ashland, Virginia – survived
- Conrad E. "CeeJay" Johnson, 35, October 22, Oxon Hill, Maryland
How long is Lee Malvo in prison for?
Lee Malvo is currently serving multiple life sentences at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, a super-maximum security prison.
He was ultimately convicted of two murders in Virginia and six murders in Maryland and given life sentences without parole in all eight cases.
Although Virginia changed its rules to consider parole for juvenile offenders after they have served 20 years, Malvo would still have to serve his Maryland sentences if he got paroled.
But in the time since he was convicted, Malvo has apparently found love — and was married in prison in 2020.
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