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Judge denies name change for DC sniper

Hoping to avoid prison reprisals, convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo asked a Wise County judge to legally change his name. The judge refused Friday, saying a circuit court name-change order would be futile.

Malvo, along with his mentor John Muhammad, terrorized the Washington area in 2002 with a series of sniper attacks that killed 10 people and wounded three others. Malvo now is serving a life sentence at Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison.

Malvo requested a name change to cut the risk of prison assaults “due to the notoriety of his crimes.”

Judge Tammy McElyea refused, noting Malvo failed to cite any attacks by other inmates so far during his six years in prison. Moreover, she reasoned, a name change would accomplish little since the prison system would continue to use the name he was sentenced under and other inmates already know who he is.

-By Peter Vieth

2 comments

  1. 8.01-217 says he can be known by any name he wants, unless he’s attempting to commit fraud. On what basis does the Judge think she can deny his name change?

  2. 8.01-217 says he can be known by any name he wants, unless he’s attempting to commit fraud. On what basis does the Judge think she can deny his name change?

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