Age Reason Malvo Spared Death A Chesapeake, Va., jury sentences convicted Washington, D.C.-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, 18, to life in prison without parole. Malvo had faced the death penalty for the 2002 murder of FBI analyst Linda Franklin. Malvo was 17 at the time of the shootings. Jurors say his age was a major factor in their decision to spare his life. Hear NPR's Jackie Northam.