Muhammad sentencing postponed to March 10

January 10, 2004

A Virginia judge yesterday postponed the formal sentencing of convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad from Feb. 12 to March 10, the same day teen-age sniper Lee Boyd Malvo will be sentenced.

A jury recommended in November that Muhammad be put to death for masterminding the sniper rampage that left 10 dead and three wounded in the Washington region in the fall of 2002. Muhammad's final sentence will be set by Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who has the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison. Virginia judges rarely reduce a jury's sentence.

Also yesterday, Millette set a date of Feb. 20 for lawyers to argue motions. Defense attorneys are expected to file numerous motions to overturn Muhammad's sentence and conviction.

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