Washington Post: The Virginia Parole Board has denied convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo’s first application for parole, nearly 20 years after he and John Allen Muhammad shot and killed 10 people in the Washington area in October 2002.

Malvo, now 37, was given three life sentences without parole in 2004 for the three slayings committed in Virginia, when he was 17.

But after the Supreme Court in 2012 restricted the imposition of life-without-parole sentences on juveniles, two federal courts ruled that Malvo must be resentenced. While Virginia appealed those rulings to the Supreme Court, its General Assembly passed a law in 2020 that created the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders serving sentences of 20 years to life.

Virginia otherwise grants parole only to inmates who are at least 60 years old.

State records show that Malvo was considered for parole last month and was rejected on Aug. 30. “Considering your offense and your institutional records,” the parole board wrote, “the Board concludes that you should serve more of your sentence before being paroled.” The board cited the serious nature of Malvo’s crimes and said it considered him “a risk to the community.”

Malvo had just turned 17 when he accompanied Muhammad on a cross-country journey in which authorities allege they killed people in five states before arriving in the D.C. area, where they shot 16 people, 10 fatally, before being captured in Maryland in October 2002.

Of the 10 people slain, three were in Virginia, which in 2002 still allowed the death penalty for juveniles. So Malvo and Muhammad were tried first, and separately, in Virginia.

Malvo was convicted at trial in 2003 of the Fairfax County slaying of Linda Franklin, and then pleaded guilty to two more slayings in Spotsylvania County. He received three life sentences. Virginia did not have parole at the time. Malvo later pleaded guilty to six more slayings in Montgomery County and received six more life sentences.