Muhammad to be executed Nov. 10th

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The man who terrorized people in DC, Maryland and Virginia in the fall of 2002 will be put to death in less than two months.

John Allen Muhammad was convicted as the mastermind behind the serial sniper killings of 10 people.

A Virginia circuit court judge set Muhammad's execution date for November 10th.

The 2002 rampage gripped central Virginia and the rest of the nation.

People were slain for no apparent reason - a cab driver getting gas, a mother running errands, a home depot shopper.

The terror hit especially close to home, when a man was shot and injured, at the Ponderosa, in Ashland.

Paul Laruffa, a restaurant operator in Maryland who survived being shot, said the hurt is still there, but time has helped.

"Oh, at the time there was a lot of anger.  I could have, I would have killed him with my bare hands then, if I could of, but seven years go by and it's different.  You can't hold all that anger for all that time," said Laruffa.

Laruffa was one of the early victims in the rampage. He was shot six times at close range while locking up his pizzeria.

Laruffa's laptop was found in Muhammad's car when he and teen accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were arrested. Malvo is serving several life sentences.

Muhammad plans to appeal his execution to the US supreme court and ask governor Kaine for clemency.

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