Convicted Sniper Executed in Virginia After Seven Years
John Allen Muhammad was executed 9:11 PM Tuesday, November 10, 2009 seven years after committing the Beltway sniper attacks of October 24, 2002 where he and his partner Lee Boyd Malvo killed at least 10 innocent people.
Muhammad, a Muslim convert, was born John Allen Williams, died from lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center. He was given some time to speak before the sentence was carried out. He did not say anything. Among those who watched behind the mirror glass were family, relatives and friends of his victims.
His partner Malvo was spared from the death penalty, as he was only 17 years old when he committed the crimes. The US Supreme Court ruled that juvenile offenders cannot be executed. However, the same court denied to reprieve or overturned Muhammad’s sentence. His last resort would have been a clemency from Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine.
Muhammad and Malvo killed innocent people who were either pumping gas at a gas station or waiting at a bus stop across the states of Virginia and Maryland and at the nation’s capital at Washington, DC.
Like most death sentences carried out, mixed reactions were voiced out agreeing and against the execution.