Trump’s administration said they will now be resuming executions of federal death row inmates. Five men that were convicted of killing children will be the first up to be executed. Since 2003, Not one inmate on federal death row has been executed. But on Thursday, the attorney general, William P. Barr, announced that starting with five men convicted of killing children the government was resuming executions. Trump is accused of being racist, but this should prove he brings Justice to where or whom Justice needs to be served. Having been only one of the men on death row is black. These men are being executed due to the severity of their convictions, not skin color. President Trump is fair and stern and will serve Justice when and where it is due.
The five men, whose ages range anywhere from 37 to 67, have each been charged with heinous crimes, and combined have been involved in the murders of 13 victims. Due to how or where they were carried out, The cases fell under federal jurisdiction. The five inmates are all confined at a high-security federal prison located in Terre Haute, Ind. Their executions are arranged to happen for December and January. More executions will be scheduled, stated by the Justice Dept. The Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that Sixty-two people are currently facing death sentences, including the five whose execution dates, made known to the public Thursday.
Lezmond Mitchell, 37, was convicted in 2003 of killing a grandmother and her 9-year-old granddaughter Mr. Mitchell was sentenced within the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. Major crimes that take place within the Navajo Nation fall under federal jurisdiction when either the offender or victims or, as in this case, both are members of the Navajo Nation. A jury ruled that Mr. Mitchell should face the death sentence.
Mr. Mitchell and his friend were hitchhiking near the border of New Mexico when a 63-year-old, Alyce Slim, with her granddaughter, Tiffany Lee, picked them up. The two men stabbed the grandmother to her death. Proceeding to force her granddaughter to sit near her grandmother’s dead body while they drove 30 to 40 miles, then they killed her too. Later it was reported that shortly after, they used the grandmothers truck to carry out a robbery. Mr. Mitchell’s execution is scheduled by the Justice Dept. for Dec.11th.
Wesley Purkey, 67, was charged with killing a 16-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Mr. Purkey was from Lansing, Kan. He kidnapped Jennifer Long, a 16-year-old girl from Kansas City. Purkey brought her back to his house, where he repeatedly raped her, killing her after by dismembering and burning her body. It was reported last year that the girl’s murder that took place in 1998 had been nearly forgotten. That was until one of her childhood friends contacted a real crime webcam, which happened to featured her in an episode. Mr. Purkey brought the teenager across state lines making this case to be pursued by federal prosecutors.
Mr. Purkey was convicted to death for the crime of kidnapping, and the death of a child. Months before, Mr. Purkey used a hammer to kill 80-year-old Mary Bales, who suffered from the disease polio. It was after he was found guilty of that slaying in state court that he began talking about the other killing. The killing of the 16-year-old, and eventually confessed, although once prosecutors sought the death penalty, he retracted his admission. Rebecca Woodman, the lawyer currently representing Mr. Purkey, said her client had a horrific childhood and was insufficiently represented during his hearing. His lawyer was arguing that Purkey has dementia along with other mental and physical impediments. Purkey’s execution is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Daniel Lee, a 46-year-old white supremacist who lived in Oklahoma, was condemned in 1999 for killing William Mueller, a gun dealer in AK, as well as his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old, Sarah Powell. Daniel Lee is one who wanted to create a white republic. Mr. Lee and his accomplice broke into the family’s home in January 1996. His accomplice Chevie Kehoe, and Lee suffocated the family then took them and threw them into the Illinois Bayou. The bodies weren’t found until five months later, when a woman, fishing discovered a shoe and a bone. Mr. Kehoe contributed to the murder when Mr. Lee said he could not kill a child.
For the three counts of murder in 1999, Mr. Lee was convicted. Mr. Kehoe “was solely accountable for the death of the child in this case” and added that he thought that executing his client would be a “serious injustice.” This was a federal case because Mr. Lee was blamed and later convicted, of three counts of homicide to serve racketeering, a federal crime. Mr. Lee’s nickname is “Cyclops” because he lost one of his eyes in a bar fight. Lee’s execution has been scheduled for Dec. 9.
Mr. Alfred Bourgeois, 55, a trucker from Louisiana, was sentenced to death in 2004. After being found guilty for the murder of his daughter at a Naval Air Base, making it a federal crime. Eight people who knew Bourgeois, including family members, said in his trial that they had been assaulted or threatened by him. They also said they’ve seen him torture and continuously beat his 2-year-old daughter. His daughter was referred to as “JG” in the legal court documents, months before he killed her, June 2002.
“Bourgeois preyed the most vulnerable among us, children,” the United States attorney for the Southern District of TX, said on Thursday. “She should have been loved and protected, but was instead murdered young life young life after being brutalized by her very own father.” The only one who is black of the five men is Bourgeois, whom the Justice Department will be executing. However, the federal death row is composed of an excessive number of black men, adding to the judgment that jurors frequently favor the death penalty for black defendants. The Justice Department has scheduled the execution of Mr. Bourgeois to be held on Jan. 13.
Dustin Honken was convicted of killing five people, two of them being children. Honker was described as the kingpin of a meth operation. Honken, 52, of Iowa, With the help of his girlfriend, killed five people in 1993. His girlfriend was once one of the only two women on federal death row. Mr. Honken murdered two men who were fellow distributors, Terry DeGeus and Gregory Nicholson. Also killing Mr. Nicholson’s girlfriend, Lori Duncan, and her two girls, ages 6 and 10.
The two men were planning to testify against Mr. Honken before he killed them, The Justice Department said. Iowa State doesn’t have the death penalty; however, Mr. Honken was found guilty of 17 federal crimes. Some of the crimes included messing with witnesses, plotting to commit murder, and numerous counts of federal misconduct, known as the kingpin statute. This meant he could be executed by the federal government, and he will be as he is scheduled for Jan. 15.
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