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Malvo pleads guilty to killing, gets life without parole

[JURIST] Washington DC-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (profile from BBC News here) reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Virginia on Tuesday, at least temporarily avoiding the death penalty. Malvo pleaded guilty in the slaying of Philadelphia businessman Kenneth Bridges, and accepted a sentence of life in prison without parole. Already charged in connection with the 10 Washington-area killings in October 2002, Malvo has agreed to drop appeals in connection with Tuesday's conviction. Prosecutors could still pursue the death penalty for some of the other killings. AP has the full story. CNN has more, including information on how the juvenile execution issue currently before the Supreme Court could affect future prosecution efforts against Malvo.

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