MANASSAS, Va., March 9 (UPI) -- John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death Wednesday for his part in one of the series of Washington-area sniper killings in 2002.
Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette handed down the sentence, agreeing with the jury recommendation that Muhammad, 43, be executed. The jury in November found Muhammad guilty of killing Dean Harold Meyers. Attorneys for Muhammad said the conviction and sentence would be appealed.
Meyers was shot Oct. 9, 2002, while he was at a service station near Manassas. He was one of 10 people killed in 13 shootings over a three-week span in the Washington area linked to Muhammad and a young accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo.
Malvo is to be sentenced Wednesday in Chesapeake, Va., following his conviction in another of the sniper-related deaths. The jury in that case recommended that Malvo, 19, be sentenced to life in prison.
Both Muhammad and Malvo face additional murder charges in several states.