D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad Convicted for Six Maryland Murders
D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad has been convicted again, this time by a Maryland jury for six murders he committed in that state.
Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six more of the killings Tuesday after a trial in which he acted as his own attorney and the prosecution’s star witness was his young protege and partner in crime, Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad, 45, is already under a death sentence in Virginia for a killing there. The most he can get for the six Maryland slayings is life in prison without parole.
The jury took slightly more than four hours to convict him after a four-week trial.
There is something bizarre about multiple trials for a single crime spree, especially for a man already under death sentence. It is, however, one of the quirks of our federal system with its overlapping sovereignties.