I know for the most part I’m a bleeding heart liberal, but hear me out. I’ll just preface this by stipulating two things:
- I don’t have a problem with the death penalty
- I am against executing juveniles under the age of 18 and I’m against locking juveniles for life without parole.
For those of us old enough to remember the DC Sniper case in the 2002, in which 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and 41-year -old John Allen Muhammad went on a three week long shooting spree in the District of Columbia region, killing 10 and injuring three more as well as other murders throughout the country. After they were caught and tried, Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009. Malvo was sentenced to multiple-life sentences.
I mention this because, “...some other victims of the D.C. sniper rampage 17 years ago, are supporting Malvo’s bid to be resentenced for his life without parole term, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the latest chapter in the high court’s evolving reconsideration of how to handle juveniles in the criminal justice system.”
This cased always bothered me because it was so obvious that Muhammad, who was Malvo’s mentor and father figure, manipulated last child Malvo into killing with him. Had he been older I might be inclined to say “fuck him,” but I can’t for a kid who was only 17 and was brainwashed into killing by the only person that cared for him.
The whole thing is sort of a moot point because regardless of what happens with the Maryland case, the murders in the other states still stack up against him.
John Malvo is now 34 and has spent his whole adult life in prison.
That shit just bothers me.