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Sean Seawell was a Spotsylvania High School senior when a pair of snipers tried to take his mother's life
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"I can't imagine allowing myself to succumb to that," Sean said. "I think I was brought up to know how to make the decisions."
Sean had finished a year of college by the time his family moved from Spotsylvania in 2005.
But South Carolina never felt like home and he soon returned to Virginia on his own and became a volunteer firefighter in the county where he grew up.
Today, he's a sergeant with Stafford County Fire and Rescue, inspired to pursue public service by his father, who had been a police officer and served in the Air National Guard before his career as a commercial pilot.
Sean Seawell is also married and has a 15-month-old son.
His goals are simple staples of the American dream.
"I want to raise a family," he said. "I'm very happy in my marriage. We are loving being parents. We plan to expand our family in time."
Seven hours away, another 27-year-old sits in a maximum security prison stripped of such options. His life's course has been set, a consequence of his deadly deeds.
Malvo's life will be lived out under lock and key as a result of the devastation he wreaked on families across Maryland, D.C., Virginia and beyond.
The contrast between the two lives could not be more extreme.
"It's amazing." Sean said, "how a good father figure, a good mother and how you're brought up can have a significant impact."
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OCT. 2, 2002, 6 p.m.--Fatal shooting of James Martin, 55, outside a Wheaton, Md., supermarket.
OCT. 3, 2002, 7:41 a.m.--Fatal shooting of James L. "Sonny" Buchanan, 39, as he pushed a lawnmower in Rockville, Md.
OCT. 3, 2002, 8:12 a.m.--Fatal shooting of Premkumar A. Walekar, 54, at an Aspen Hill, Md., gas station.
OCT. 3, 2002, 8:37 a.m.--Fatal shooting of Sarah Ramos, 34, outside a Silver Spring, Md. retirement center.
OCT. 3, 2002, 9:58 a.m.--Fatal shooting of Lori Lewis-Rivera, 25, outside a Kensington, Md., gas station.
OCT. 3, 2002, 9:15 p.m.--Fatal shooting of Pascal Charlot, 72, while crossing Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington.
OCT. 4, 2002--Shooting of Caroline Seawell , 43, a Spotsylvania County mother of two, in the parking lot of a Michaels craft store outside Spotsylvania Mall.
OCT. 7, 2002--Shooting of Iran Brown, 13, as he arrived at Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Md.
OCT. 9, 2002--Fatal shooting of Dean Harold Meyers, 53, outside a Manassas-area gas station.
OCT. 11, 2002--Fatal shooting of Philadelphia businessman Kenneth Bridges, 53, outside the Four-Mile Fork Exxon in Spotsylvania.
OCT. 14, 2002--Fatal shooting of FBI analyst Linda Franklin, 47, outside a Falls Church-area Home Depot.
OCT. 19, 2002--Shooting of Jeffrey Hopper, 37, outside a Ponderosa restaurant in Ashland in Hanover County.
OCT. 22, 2002--Fatal shooting of bus driver Conrad Johnson, 35, in Silver Spring, Md.
OCT. 24, 2002, 3:19 a.m.--John Allen Muhammad, 41, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, are arrested at a rest stop near Myersville, Md.
NOVEMBER 17, 2003--John Allen Muhammad is convicted for the capital murder of Dean Harold Meyers in Prince William County. Four months later he was sentenced to death.
DEC. 23, 2003--A jury gives Malvo his first life sentence without parole for capital murder for the shooting death of Linda Franklin in Fairfax County. He is serving multiple life sentences in Virginia's Red Onion maximum security prison.
NOV. 10, 2009--Muhammad is executed in Virginia.