World News – CA – American woman faces first federal execution since 1953

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United States must execute federal prisoner for first time in nearly 70 years, Justice Department says

Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting and kidnapping the baby in 2004

The last woman executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center

Federal execution of Brandon Bernard, who along with his accomplices assassinated two youth ministers in 1999, is also slated for December

In December 2004, Montgomery drove from Kansas to the home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, Missouri, allegedly to purchase a puppy, according to a press release from the Department of Justice

« Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett – who was eight months pregnant – until the victim lost consciousness, » he says

« Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery then slashed Stinnett’s abdomen, causing him to regain consciousness. A fight ensued and Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the baby with her and attempted to pass it off as his « 

In 2007 a jury found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death and unanimously recommended a death sentence

But Montgomery’s lawyers say she suffered brain damage from beatings as a child and is mentally ill, so she shouldn’t face the death penalty

In the US justice system, crimes can be tried either in federal courts, nationally, or in state courts, regionally

Certain crimes, such as currency counterfeiting or mail theft, are automatically tried at the federal level, as are cases in which the United States is a party or those involving violations of the Constitution. can be tried in federal courts depending on the seriousness of the crimes

The death penalty was banned nationally and federally by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling overturning all existing death penalty laws

A 1976 Supreme Court ruling allowed states to reinstate the death penalty, and in 1988 the government passed a law making it available again at the federal level

According to data collected by the Information Center on the Death Penalty, 78 people were sentenced to death in federal cases between 1988 and 2018, but only three were executed

The executions of Montgomery and Bernard will be the eighth and ninth that the federal government has carried out this year

In a statement at the time, the attorney general said: « Under the administrations of both sides, the Justice Ministry called for the death penalty against the worst criminals

« The Department of Justice upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to victims and their families to postpone the sentence imposed by our justice system »

Capital punishment, Lisa M Montgomery, United States Department of Justice

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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