DC sniper accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo has decided to reach out to his victim to express remorse.

John Gaeta received a letter of apology this week from Malvo who shot him in the neck at point-blank range in a Louisiana mall in 2002.

Malvo, who was only 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad terrorized the Southeast and the nation’s capital, is serving a life sentence for his part in the crimes and Muhammad, was executed in November.

It wasn’t until 2006 that Gaeta learned that the pair were involved in his attack, but his confirmation came Monday from a brief letter from Malvo, dated February 21, 2010.

“Mr. Gaeta,” it read. “I am truly sorry for the pain I caused you and your loved ones. I was relieved to hear that you suffered no paralyzing injuries and that you are alive. Sincerely, Lee Boyd Malvo.”

Muhammad also issued an apology before being put to death by lethal injection last November.

“We extend our condolences not only to the families and loved ones of the victims, but also to the family and loved ones of John Allen Muhammad,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, one of Muhammad’s attorneys. “It’s just a tragic situation all around.”

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