Extenuating Circumstances? DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo Claims He Was Sexually Abused by Partner in crime

In an interview with Today‘s Matt Lauer, Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two men convicted in a series of deadly DC sniper attacks, stated that he was sexually abused by co-defendant John Muhammad. Malvo told Lauer that the abuse began at age 15 and continue to the pair were arrested. Malvo was 17 at the time. He is now 27 and currently serving several life sentences without the possibility of parole. Malvo said that he had only recently become comfortable enough to admit the truth. Muhammad is not around to refute the claim, having been executed in 2009. Some might think that this is a cynical ploy for the attention and sympathy of the public, for whom the memories of those nine senseless deaths (and three woundings) may have become hazier over the last decade.

Presuming that Malvo’s claims are true, should they justify any kind of lenience? Malvo was a minor during the shooting spree, and under the sole supervision and guidance of a man – if we’re to take Malvo’s word for it – sexually abused him for years. Even without the sex abuse, their relationship was supremely dysfunctional by any definition, but does that mitigate to any degree Malvo’s responsibility for his actions?

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2 Comments on "Extenuating Circumstances? DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo Claims He Was Sexually Abused by Partner in crime"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Oct 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

    when compared with the crimes of the Banksters
    and their whores the US government
    and compared with the war crimes of the US
    torture, invasion of countries under false pretenses, mass killings
    maybe they could cut this dude some slack
    maybe put him a cell with Bush for a few years
    and consider it a debt to society paid

    • I think he should be allowed to receive some therapy, if there is a willing professional around.

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