In the United States, for the first time since 2003, the death penalty was returned at the federal level. Four criminals received such a sentence for killing children.
This was reported by the press service of the US Department of Justice.
US Attorney General William Barr has already ordered four people to be sentenced to death. Executions are scheduled for July 13, 15 and 17, as well as August 28.
Barr noted that the perpetrators were tried in accordance with the Constitution and US laws.
“The four killers whose execution dates were set today went through a full trial in accordance with our Constitution and laws. We owe it to the victims of these heinous crimes and their families to execute the sentence imposed by our justice system, ”said Barr.
Since 2003, there have been no executions in the United States, as there was an unofficial moratorium due to the fact that the rules for the use of lethal injections were not agreed.
In general, the death penalty is used in the United States in some states. According to a Congressional decision, capital punishment can only be applied to criminals who have committed violent murders with aggravated circumstances.
The Ministry of Justice also talked about the crimes of those who were sentenced to death:
Daniel Lewis Lee killed a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. He robbed and killed the victims with a stun gun. Then he wrapped their heads in plastic bags, sealed them with adhesive tape. He threw stones into body bags and dropped them into the Gulf of Illinois. On May 4, 1999, a jury in the US District Court in Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous crimes, including three murders. The execution of Lee should take place on July 13, 2020.
Wesley Ira Purki brutally raped and killed a 16-year-old girl, and then dismembered, burned and threw the body into a swamp. On November 5, 2003, a jury in the US District Court for the Western Missouri District found Purki guilty of kidnapping a child resulting in the death of a child. His execution should take place on July 15, 2020.
Dustin Lee Honken shot and killed five people – two men who planned to testify against him, one woman and her two daughters (6 and 10 years old). On October 14, 2004, jurors at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa found Honken guilty of numerous crimes. His execution should take place on July 17, 2020.
Keith Dwayne Nelson kidnapped a 10-year-old girl rollerblading in front of her house. He raped her in the forest and strangled her with wire. On October 25, 2001, Nelson pleaded guilty to the Missouri District Court of the United States for abducting and illegally transporting a child for sexual abuse resulting in death, and was sentenced to death. Nelson’s execution should take place on August 28, 2020.
All executions will take place at the US Prison Terre Haute, Indiana. Additional executions will be scheduled at a later date.
A year earlier, US President Donald Trump, after three mass executions in the US, condemned “racism, hatred and the superiority of whites” and called on the country’s justice ministry to draft a bill introducing the death penalty for such crimes.