D.C. sniper Malvo: 'I was a monster'

D.C. sniper Malvo: 'I was a monster'

CREATED Oct. 2, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Ten years ago on Oct. 2, 2002, convicted D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed opened fire in a parking lot and killed 55-year-old James Martin. 

That was just the beginning of a 21-day reign of terror that killed 10 people and injured three others. A jury convicted Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad in the shootings.

Muhammad was executed in 2009, while Malvo was just 17 years old at the time. He was sentenced to life in prison because jurors thought he was under Muhammad's control.  

Ten years later, Malvo told the Washington Post that he has changed.

"I mean, I was a monster," Malvo said. "If...I mean, if you look up the definition, I mean, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives." 

But before Muhammed and Malvo started their terror spree in the D.C. area, they were in Tucson. 

Malvo admitted he shot and killed a Tucson man, Jerry Taylor, at Fred Enke golf course back in 2000. Cheryll Witz, Taylor's daughter, wrote Malvo a letter, urging him to confess.  

Four years after the shooting, he called her and did just that. 

"That was really all the closure I needed," Witz said. "That was a confession and I believe that was exactly what I needed for my closure. This is justice."

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