Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo may plead guilty to murder charges in Spotsylvania County, Va., as part of a plea agreement that would spare him the death penalty, the Washington Post reports. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole in one case yesterday. In an agreement brokered by his attorneys and Virginia prosecutors in the past few months, Malvo would take responsibility for the Oct. 11, 2002, slaying of Kenneth Bridges, 53, at a gas station and the wounding of Caroline Seawell, now 45, on Oct. 4 outside a craft store.
Sources said the deal was arranged to avoid a costly trial, to dispose of another of the sniper’s criminal cases and to ensure that Malvo, 19, will not face a death sentence. The Post said discussions are in the works about a “universal settlement” that would spare Malvo the death penalty but would garner him convictions and life sentences in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Alabama, and Louisiana. Such an agreement could free Malvo to testify openly against colleague John Muhammad in other trials.