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Sniper seeks help to end death penalty appeals

McLEAN, Va. — Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad is asking prosecutors in a letter to help him end legal appeals of his conviction and death sentence "so that you can murder this innocent black man."

In a two-page letter dated April 23 and obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday, Muhammad said that he has tried without success to stop his defense attorneys from pursuing the appeals and that he was counting on the state attorney general to assist him.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were convicted in Virginia in 2003 of a random killing rampage that left 10 people dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia over a three-week span in October 2002. Muhammad was sentenced to death, and Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.

Muhammad's lawyer, Jonathan Sheldon, declined to comment Tuesday.

"I've written to you all because I know you will make sure this letter will get to the right people — so that you can murder this innocent black man," Muhammad wrote in the letter.

Sniper seeks help to end death penalty appeals 05/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:38pm]
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