May 30, 2006

Washington sniper convicted in six more killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Allen Muhammad, already
sentenced to death in Virginia for a sniping spree that
terrorized the Washington area in 2002, was convicted of murder
in the neighboring state of Maryland on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Maryland state's attorney, John McLane,
said a jury found Muhammad guilty on all six counts of murder
brought against him.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo used a
1990 Chevrolet Caprice, with a modified rear to allow sniper
shots to be fired through a hole in the trunk, choosing victims
at random at gas stations, outside shopping malls and

Virginia had already sentenced Muhammad to death for one
murder there during the October 2002 shootings, in which 10
people were killed and three were wounded.

Malvo, now 21, has pleaded guilty and testified against
Muhammad, whom he had once considered a father figure. Malvo
has been sentenced to life in prison in Virginia.