- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2006

Authorities and victims in four more 2002 shootings that Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo reportedly confessed to said yesterday they will push for more information and possible charges against Malvo and his one-time mentor, John Allen Muhammad.

The four shootings, including three previously investigated for possible links to Muhammad and Malvo after their arrest in October 2002, were detailed in yesterday’s editions of The Washington Post.

Citing two persons familiar with the case, who the newspaper said spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, The Post said Malvo told authorities this spring that he and Muhammad were responsible.

Albert Michalczyk, 76, of Oro Valley, Ariz., said the news answered his suspicions that he was a sniper victim when he was randomly shot on the seventh tee of a Clearwater, Fla., golf course May 18, 2002. He thinks both men should face charges for his shooting.

“My wife immediately thought it was these guys,” said Mr. Michalczyk, who was struck in the upper chest by a bullet that police could not recover. “We put two and two together, but we never came up with four. Now, we are coming up with four.”

Muhammad and Malvo were tied to 10 murders and three woundings in the Washington area during a three-week period in October 2002.

After their arrest, authorities in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Washington state were able to link the pair to unsolved shootings. In all, Muhammad and Malvo were connected to or suspects in 23 shootings in 2002.

Both were convicted in Virginia in 2003 for sniper shootings there: Muhammad, 45, was sentenced to death, and Malvo, 21, was given a life term in prison.

Last month, a Maryland judge sentenced Muhammad to six life terms after he was convicted of six murders in Montgomery County, where the October spree began and ended.

Malvo testified against Muhammad, implicating him in the killings.

In return, Malvo said he planned to plead guilty to the same six Maryland murders with no promise of leniency. Part of his agreement to testify was that he limit his testimony to the 13 Washington-area shootings and two in Alabama.

Malvo attorney William Brennan did not return phone calls yesterday from the Associated Press seeking comment.

State’s Attorney Douglas F. Gansler of Montgomery County, where last month’s trial was held, declined through a spokesman to comment.

The veracity of Malvo’s claims are not clear. He has made conflicting statements in the past about the sniper shootings and acknowledged that he lied to investigators about details such as who was the triggerman in various shootings when he was arrested.

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