Beltway Sniper Malvo Seeks Resentencing; Noose Found in Montgomery Village Tree

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Beltway sniper argues for resentencing

A lawyer for Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the D.C. snipers, argued in a Montgomery County courtroom that the life sentences the then 17-year-old was sentenced to in 2002 have since been ruled unconstitutional for juveniles by the U.S. Supreme Court and therefore Malvo should be resentenced. Malvo was sentenced to six life sentences in Montgomery County and four in Virginia. Last month, a federal judge in Virginia ordered new sentencing hearings on two of Malvo’s life sentences for crimes committed in that state. [WTOP]

Noose found in Montgomery Village tree

A noose made out of synthetic rope was found Thursday hanging from a tree in a common area in the Heron’s Cove Condominium neighborhood in the 18900 block of Mills Choice Road in Montgomery Village. Police found the noose around 9 a.m. and investigators interviewed residents who said they didn’t believe it was directed toward a specific individual or related to suspicious activity in the neighborhood. [Montgomery County police]

Rockville attorney pleads guilty to child solicitation

Longtime defense attorney Michael Dobbs, 57, pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for sex on Thursday after he sent explicit texts to a person he believed to be a 15-year-old boy who was actually an undercover police detective. Dobbs at one time worked in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office. Prosecutors asked for a six-month prison sentence and sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 24. [WTOP]

Trone stays in limelight as he mulls next move

Potomac business David Trone, the co-founder of Total Wine & More, is keeping a high profile by making large charitable donations and expressing his political views in public appearances and media interviews. Trone has said he will either run for Montgomery County executive or for the 6th Congressional District if Rep. John Delaney doesn’t run for re-election in 2018. [Washington Post]

Showers likely today

The National Weather Service expects a cloudy high near 84 degrees Friday with a 60 percent chance of showers and a thunderstorm possible after 5 p.m. with a nighttime low dropping to around 71.

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