Sniper Muhammad sentenced to death
Judge follows jury's recommendation
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 Posted: 1:20 PM EST (1820 GMT)
Muhammad listens to testimony before being sentenced to death Tuesday.
MANASSAS, Virginia (CNN) -- A Virginia judge Tuesday sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for killing Dean Harold Meyers -- one of 10 people shot to death during the October 2002 sniper shootings.
Prince William County Circuit Judge LeRoy Millette Jr. made the decision after reviewing a jury's recommendation.
Millette said the jury correctly found that Muhammad, 43, would be a "continuing, serious threat to society" if allowed to live.
Millette said he looked at other cases in Virginia for comparison, and "there simply are no other crimes" of the same magnitude.
Millette set an October 14 execution date, but that will likely be delayed by an appeal.
Before Millette pronounced the sentence, Muhammad insisted, "I had nothing to do with this.",,,,,"