John Allen Muhammad (December 31, – November 10, ) was an American convicted murderer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He, along with his partner/accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo (aged 17), a native of Muhammad and Malvo were arrested in connection with the attacks on October 24, , following tips from. Convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, who's from Jamaica, recently gave Malvo says he was emotionally vulnerable and in a controlling relationship. years ago, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad terrorized the. A friend of John Allen Muhammad testified Friday that Muhammad introduced Lee Boyd Malvo to him as a sniper and that Muhammad tried.The DC Sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo Speaks
In he joined the Nation of Islamand inhe changed his name. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has publicly distanced himself and his organization from Muhammad's crimes. It was during this time that he became close with Lee Boyd Malvowho later acted as his partner in the killings.
Williams changed his name to John Allen Muhammad in October After his arrest, authorities also claimed that Muhammad admitted that he admired and modeled himself after Osama bin Laden and al-Qaedaand approved of the September 11 attacks. Malvo testified that Muhammad had indoctrinated him into believing that the proceeds of the extortion attempt would be used to establish "a camp in Canada where homeless children would be trained as terrorists.
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Muhammad was arrested on federal charges of violating the restraining order by possessing a weapon. Under federal law, those with restraining orders are prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns, as per the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of Inhe served in the Gulf War with a company that dismantled Iraqi chemical warfare rockets.
ArmyMuhammad was trained as a mechanic, truck driver, and specialist metalworker. This rating is the Army's highest of three levels of basic rifle marksmanship for a soldier. For his service in the Army, Muhammad received the following awards: Beltway sniper attacks Police followed a lead in which Muhammad or Malvo left a note at one of the shootings to tell the police to investigate a liquor store robbery-murder that had occurred in Montgomery, Alabama.
Investigators responding to that crime scene found one of the suspects had dropped a magazine with his fingerprints on it; these were subsequently identified as belonging to a year-old Jamaican illegal immigrant, Lee Boyd Malvowhose prints were on file with the INS. Malvo was known to associate with Muhammad.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message On October 24,Muhammad was captured in Maryland, where most of the attacks and murders took place.
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Kilgore was planning to run for governor. The trial had been moved from Prince William County, to Virginia Beachapproximately miles away. Muhammad was granted the right to represent himself in his defense, and dismissed his legal counsel, though he immediately switched back to having legal representation after his opening argument.
He was charged with murder, terrorism, conspiracy and the illegal use of a firearm, and faced a possible death sentence.
The prosecution said that they would make the case for 16 shootings allegedly involving Muhammad. The terrorism charge against Muhammad required prosecutors to prove he committed at least two shootings in a three-year period. Evidence included a rifle, found in Muhammad's car, that was linked by ballistics tests not only to 8 of the 10 killings in the Washington area but also to two others, in Louisiana and Alabama; the car itself, which was modified so that a sniper could shoot from inside the trunk; and a laptop computer, also found in the car, that contained maps with icons pinpointing shooting scenes.
Witness accounts that put Muhammad across the street from one shooting and his car near the scene of several others. There was also a recorded phone call to a police hotline in which a man, his voice identified by a detective as Muhammad's, demanded money in exchange for stopping the shootings.
Malvo's fingerprints were on the Bushmaster rifle found in Muhammad's car, and DNA from Muhammad was discovered on the rifle, but the defense contended that Muhammad could not be put to death under Virginia's "trigger-man law" unless he actually pulled the trigger to kill Meyers, and no one testified that they saw him do so.
Meyers; a second charge of capital murder under Virginia's antiterrorism statute, for homicide committed with an intent to terrorize the government or the public at large; conspiracy to commit murder; and the illegal use of a firearm. In the penalty phase of the trial, the jury, after five hours of deliberation over two days, unanimously recommended that Muhammad should be sentenced to death.
On March 9,a Virginia judge agreed with the jury's recommendation and sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death. The court also rejected an argument by defense lawyers that he could not be sentenced to death because he was not the triggerman in the killings. Lemons said at the time, "With calculation, extensive planning, premeditation and ruthless disregard for life, Muhammad carried out his cruel scheme of terror.
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Simmons that the Eighth Amendment prohibits execution for crimes committed when under the age of 18, the prosecutors in Prince William County decided not to pursue the charges against Malvo. However, prosecutors in MarylandLouisiana and Alabama were still interested in putting both Malvo and Muhammad on trial. At the outset of the Beltway sniper prosecutions, the primary reason for extraditing the two suspects from Maryland, where they were arrested, to Virginia was the differences in how the two states deal with the death penalty.
While the death penalty was allowed in Maryland, it only applied to persons who were adults at the time of their crimes, whereas Virginia had also allowed the death penalty for offenders who had been juveniles when their crimes were committed. A death sentence was more likely to result in execution in Virginia than in Maryland, which abolished its death penalty in On June 16,Malvo told authorities that he and Muhammad were guilty of four additional shootings.
The four most recently linked victims were also shot in On October 26, he told police that he and Muhammad had killed Jerry Taylor, 60, as Taylor practiced chip shots at a Tucson, Arizona golf course in March Tucson detectives interviewed Malvo about Taylor, who died from a single gunshot fired at long range, but did not disclose their findings. The "real plan", as told by Lee Boyd Malvo[ edit ] In Muhammad's May trial in Montgomery County, MarylandMalvo took the stand and confessed to a more detailed version of the pair's plans.
Malvo, after extensive counseling, admitted that he had been lying in the statement he made after his arrest when he admitted to being the triggerman for every shooting. Malvo claimed that he had said this in order to protect Muhammad from the death penalty because it was more difficult to achieve the death penalty for a minor.
Malvo stated, "I'm not proud of myself. I'm just trying to make amends", expressing his regret in the shootings. Part of his testimony concerned Muhammad's complete plan, which consisted of three phases in the Washington, D. Phase One consisted of meticulously planning, mapping and practicing their locations around the D. Muhammad's goal in Phase One was to kill six white people a day for 30 days. Malvo described how this phase was close to being implemented, but was never carried out.
Phase Two was intended to begin by killing a pregnant woman by shooting her in the abdomen. The next step would have been to shoot and kill a Baltimore police officer. At the officer's funeral, they would plant several improvised explosive devices.
These explosives were intended to kill a large number of police since many police would attend another officer's funeral. More bombs were then to be detonated as ambulances arrived at the scene.
The third phase was to extort several million dollars from the U.
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This money would be used to finance a larger plan to travel north into Canada and recruit other effectively orphaned boys to use weapons and stealth and send them out to commit shootings across the country. Gaeta for shooting him. I was relieved to hear that you suffered no paralyzing injuries and that you are alive. Malvo petitioned the court for the name change on the basis that it would be safer if his fellow inmates did not know his real name, due to his notoriety.
In this interview, Malvo, then 27, stated that "I was a monster. If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is.