Lee Boyd Malvo

What was the accusation?

In 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo carried out a horrendous shooting spree in Washington, D.C. and throughout the southeastern United States. The “so-called D.C. sniper team” were eventually arrested and connected to 27 shootings, leading to a death sentence for Muhammad and a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Malvo. In March 2010, Malvo sent a short letter of apology to one of his surviving victims, a Mr. John Gaeta, whom Malvo had critically shot in the neck as part of the cross-country spree.    

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“Mr. Gaeta, I am truly sorry for the pain I caused you and your loved ones. I was relieved to hear that you suffered no paralyzing injuries and that you are alive. Sincerely, Lee Boyd Malvo.”


Banks, K. (2010, March 5). Sniper victim gets apology letter from Malvo. NBC Washington. Retrieved from http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Sniper-Victim-Gets-Apology-Letter-From-Malvo-86681692.html

Convicted sniper Malvo shows remorse in interview. (2012, October 1). USA Today. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/09/30/convicted-sniper-malvo-interview/1604151/

McLaughlin, E.C. (2010, March 4). Sniper’s apology brings closure, no justice. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/04/malvo.sniper.confession/index.html

Miller, C. (2010, March 4). D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo apologizes to victim, victim still waiting for justice. CBS News. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dc-sniper-lee-boyd-malvo-apologizes-to-victim-victim-still-waiting-for-justice/