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Convicted Washington-Area Sniper Sentenced to Death


A Virginia Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the murder convictions and the death penalty for convicted Washington-area sniper mastermind John Muhammad.

In 2003, Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder for the shooting of Dean Harold Meyers in Virginia. He and accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted of being behind a three-week killing spree in the Washington metropolitan region in 2002 that killed 10 people and injured three others.

Muhammad's lawyers argued on appeal that he could not be sentenced to death under state law because he was not the triggerman.

They also claimed that a new anti-terrorism law used against him is unconstitutional and that prosecutors improperly offered conflicting theories in the trials of Muhammad and Malvo, who is serving life in prison without parole.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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