Beltway Sniper Marries in Prison
by Jayson Hawkins
For three weeks in October of 2002, the residents of the Washington, D.C. area lived in fear of unknown assassins taking aim at random victims. Thirteen people were shot during that period; 10 died. Perhaps the only thing more shocking than the arbitrary nature of the crime spree was the identity of the snipers: a middle-aged man, John Allen Muhammad, and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo.
Muhammad was depicted as the mastermind behind the murders. He received the death penalty and was executed in 2009. Malvo, only 17 at the time of the killings, was believed to have been heavily influenced by Muhammad. Convicted in eight of the slayings, Malvo received sentences of life without parole for each. Under current laws in Maryland and Virginia, he will never leave prison.
Malvo, a native of Jamaica, has managed to find a measure of joy and normalcy amidst his incarceration. In early March 2020, he wed a woman whom he had been writing and visiting with for the previous two years. The woman’s identity was not revealed, but two of Malvo’s attorneys described her as close to his own age and “an absolutely wonderful individual.”
Carmeta Albarus, part of Malvo’s original defense team, served as a witness at the ceremony and said the prison was “very accommodating.” She remembered feeling “overwhelming sadness that this boy was taken down this path” after his convictions in 2003. “But when I left there after the wedding, I left with overwhelming joy that two people could find joy the way they have.”
More from this issue:
- The Toughest Love, by Julia Lurie
- From the Editor, by Paul Wright
- $400,000 Settlement in Lawsuit over Kentucky Prisoner’s Starvation Death, by Matthew Clarke
- Why Did 77 Ohio Prisoners Die of COVID-19, but Just 10 in Pennsylvania?, by Brie Zeltner, Cid Standifer
- New York Jail Accused of Discrimination by Female Prisoners, by Kevin Bliss
- BOP Inspector General Rips State for Failure to Control COVID-19 at Lompoc in California, by Derek Gilna
- Dark Web Creator Petitions President Trump for Clemency, by Edward Lyon
- Growing Need to Protect Attorney-Client Emails, by Jayson Hawkins
- Prison Postcard: Life in the Time of COVID, Correctional Center, Virginia, by Daniel A. Rosen
- New York Governor Cuomo Creates Prison Nursing Home During Pandemic, by Anthony Accurso
- GEO Group and CoreCivic Lose Critical Financial Support, by Keith Sanders
- Danish Funds Invest In American Private Prisons, by David Reutter
- $12.5 Million Settlement for Oklahoma Prisoner’s In-Custody Death Riled Sheriff’s Race, by Kevin Bliss
- Philadelphia Jails to Release Prisoners Earlier in the Day, by Bill Barton
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Reverses “Dangerousness” Finding in Involuntary Commitment of Schizophrenic Man, by David Reutter
- Michigan Settles Sex Abuse Claims by 1,300 Former Juvenile Offenders Housed With Adults for $80 Million, by David Reutter
- Report: New Jersey Women’s Prison Promoted Culture of Abuse, by Kevin Bliss
- Missouri Downsizing Prisons to Save Cash, by Bill Barton
- Trump v. Biden on Criminal Justice, by Charles Sloan-Hillier, Christopher Zoukis
- Alaska Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Delusional Prisoner’s Medical Malpractice Claim, by Dale Chappell
- $300,000 a Year Not Enough to Convince Psychiatrists to Work in California Prisons, by Dale Chappell
- DC Federal Court Enters Partial Preliminary Injunction Against District Jails For COVID-19 Deficiencies, by Derek Gilna
- Damage to South Carolina Prisons Shifts Prisoners to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, by Derek Gilna
- Poetry for the Prisoners’ Soul, by Edward Lyon
- Offensive Facebook Posts Cost Wisconsin Warden His Job, by Kevin Bliss
- More Than Half of Chicago’s COVID-19 Cases Linked to Cook County Jail, by Dale Chappell
- Mother of Decapitated Prisoner Sues California Prison Officials for Housing Her Son with Prisoner Who Tried to Murder Previous Cellmate, by Matthew Clarke
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Unconstitutional Statute Authorizing Forcible Medication of Involuntarily Committed Prisoner, by Matthew Clarke
- Wildfires Threaten Prisoners in West, While New California Law Helps Prisoner-Firefighters to Continue Work After Release, by Dale Chappell
- National Guard Called in to Help Run Indiana State Prisons, by Dale Chappell
- Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Pay-To-Vote for Florida Felons Who Completed Sentences, by David Reutter
- Ford Foundation President’s Support to Replace Rikers With Other Jails Criticized, by Chad Marks
- The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994: 25 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?, by Dale Chappell
- California Judge Reconsiders Six Months’ Jail for Cookie Theft at Rehab Program, by Anthony Accurso
- Conditions at South Carolina Juvenile Facility Unconstitutional, by David Reutter
- How Kamala Harris’ Orange County, California “Snitch” Scandal Investigation Imploded, by Derek Gilna
- First Wrongful Death Claim Against San Quentin Prison Filed Over COVID-19 Death, by Dale Chappell
- $420,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Over Opioid Withdrawal Death in Georgia Jail, by Matthew Clarke
- Theft, Lies and Bribes Force California Warden’s Early Retirement, $11,500 Monthly Pension, by Mark Wilson
- Lawsuit Over Hellish 9-Day Prisoner Transport Reinstated, by David Reutter
- Seventh Circuit Protects Guards Who Allegedly Failed to Protect Wisconsin Prisoner, by David Reutter
- Mental Health and Prison Systems in Major Need of Reform, by Kevin Bliss
- Bloomberg Allies Make $20 Million Push to Help Enfranchise 30,000 Florida Ex-Felons, by Derek Gilna
- NYC Floating Jail May Finally be Closed, by Jayson Hawkins
- New Study Shows “Tough on Crime” Generation Spent More Time in Prison Despite Falling Crime Rate, by Dale Chappell
- Fourth Circuit Holds South Carolina DOC Lawyers Entitled to Qualified Immunity, by David Reutter
- Beltway Sniper Marries in Prison, by Jayson Hawkins
- Fifth Circuit Reinstates Lawsuit Over Texas Jail Prisoner’s Death, by Matthew Clarke
- Prisoners Evacuated but ICE Detainees in Louisiana Suffer During Hurricane Laura, by Edward Lyon
- Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Texas Jail Suicide Lawsuit, Holds Discrimination Not Proven, by Matthew Clarke
- News in Brief
More from Jayson Hawkins:
- Hidden Sentences, March 15, 2021
- Policing Prostitution in New York, March 15, 2021
- Tech Company Enables Total Surveillance, March 15, 2021
- Shifting View of Criminal Justice in U.S., March 15, 2021
- Audits Reveals Problems With Privatized Food Service at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Jail, March 1, 2021
- Greedo Still Influencing From Texas Prison, March 1, 2021
- Fatal Shootings by Police Rarely Prosecuted, Feb. 15, 2021
- Misinformation and the Carceral State, Feb. 15, 2021
- A 22-Year-Long Path to Justice, Feb. 15, 2021
- New Details Emerge on Senseless Death in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jail, Feb. 1, 2021
More from these topics:
- Third Circuit Reinstates Claims by Immigration Detainee in GEO-Operated Prison Seeking to Marry U.S. Citizen, Dec. 1, 2020. GEO Group/Wackenhut, Marriage, Immigration Detention.
- First Circuit Announces No Joint Participation Exception to Spousal Testimonial Privilege, Feb. 14, 2019. Civil Procedure, Marriage.
- Kentucky Law Requiring Abused Spouse to Pay for Abuser’s Divorce Attorney Abolished, Oct. 8, 2018. Attorneys, State Legislation, Marriage.
- Nebraska Supreme Court Reverses Injunction Against Ban on Prisoner-Prisoner Marriages, July 1, 2018. Marriage.
- U.S. District Court in Georgia Holds Spousal Testimonial Privilege Applies to Pre-Marital Events, April 19, 2018. Criminal Prosecution, Marriage.
- This cruel new policy makes it near impossible for kids to see their incarcerated parents, Jan. 12, 2017. Advocacy, Statistics/Trends, Prisoner Privileges, Release and Reentry, Visiting, Extended Family Visiting, Family, Marriage, Fathers in Prison, Mothers in Prison, Parental rights, Children of Prisoners.
- New York DA Supervisor Engages in Kinky Fetishes, Wife Claims, Jan. 10, 2017. Prosecutors, Family, Marriage.
- Texas Plans to Allow In-Prison Marriage Ceremonies for Prisoners, Nov. 1, 2016. Prison Reform, Prisoner Privileges, Family, Marriage.
- Britain Allows Same-Sex Civil Partnerships Inside Prisons, Sept. 8, 2016. Gay/Lesbian, Prison Reform, Transgender, Marriage.
- Fifth Circuit Reverses Supervised Release Condition Prohibiting Defendant from Residing with Anyone Who Is Not A Blood Relative or Who He Is Not Married To, Aug. 19, 2016. Release and Reentry, Parole Conditions, Family, Marriage.