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DC sniper Malvo wants life sentences tossed

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 11:00am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorneys for Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo are asking federal judges in Virginia and Maryland to vacate his 10 life sentences.

In petitions filed earlier this week, attorneys argue a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that blocked life sentences for juveniles should be applied retroactively to Malvo.

Malvo was four months shy of his 18th birthday when he and John Allen Muhammad gunned down 13 people in the Washington, D.C., area over a three-week period in October 2002.

Muhuammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009. Because he was a juvenile, Malvo received life sentences in separate trials in Maryland and Virginia.

Malvo is being held at Red Onion State Prison in southwest Virginia.

The filings were first reported by The Daily Progress of Charlottesville ( on Thursday.

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