This week, imprisoned D.C. sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo, reached out to his and the now deceased John Muhammad’s first victim with a letter of apology. Malvo shot the Louisiana man, John Gaeta, in 2002 as somewhat of an initiation, police suspect, into what became a killing spree that terrorized the nation’s capital.
The pair slashed Gaeta’s tires in a mall parking lot, then Malvo shot him point-blank in the neck as he was trying to put on the spare. Gaeta escaped without serious injury, but played dead while the two grabbed his wallet to ward off any further attack.
“I am truly sorry for the pain I caused you and your loved ones,” wrote Malvo. “I was relieved to hear that you suffered no paralyzing injuries and that you are alive.” Gaeta read the letter to CNN, and is “glad to gain closure and know that his attacker is behind bars.”
Malvo, 25, is serving a life sentence. –gerald radford