- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County jury this afternoon found sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad guilty of killing six people in the county during the 2002 shootings.

Muhammad is not eligible for the death penalty in this trial, which is his second. In 2003, a Virginia Beach jury sentenced him to death for planning and coordinating the sniper spree.

Authorities said they brought Muhammad to Montgomery County as insurance, in case his first conviction is overturned on appeal, and because the sniper shootings began and ended here.

Muhammad, 45, and his convicted accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, shot 13 people over three weeks in October, 2002, killing 10 and wounding three.

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