D.C. Sniper Figure Tries to Change Name

WI Web Staff Report | 8/2/2011, 4:39 p.m.

Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted of murdering several people in the 2002 D.C. Sniper case, has been unsuccessful trying to change his name.

Malvo, 26, who has been incarcerated for the past seven years, recently petitioned to legally change his name to Joseph Lee Ostrierre in an attempt, he said, to keep himself out of harm's way while in remaining in prison at the Red Onion state facility in western Virginia.

"The petitioner maintains that his concern for his safety arises from his belief that the notoriety of his crimes places him at increased risk of assault by other inmates," according to a report that detailed Malvo's request.

But a Wise County Va., judge turned down the petition citing that Malvo has never been assaulted or threatened while locked up.

The judge also reasoned that even if Malvo changed his name, other inmates would still know what he was convicted for, and that his birth name would be unchanged on his prison and sentencing records.

Malvo went on a serial killing spree at age 17, after teaming up with his mentor, John Allen Muhammad. Malvo is serving a life sentence without parole.

Muhammad, who masterminded the string of killings that occurred in the D.C. region, was executed in 2009.Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted in the 2002 D.C. Sniper case./Courtesy Photo