The first federal execution of a woman in the U.S. in 70 years finally took place

The first federal execution of a woman in the U.S. in 70 years finally took place

The U.S. government did execute the first woman in nearly 70 years yesterday.

At the Terre Haute Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, Lisa Montgomery, 52, was given a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Montgomery became the first woman executed by the federal government since 1953 and the only woman sentenced to death.

At the last minute, her attorneys tried to delay the execution, citing her competency – she allegedly had severe mental illness, which did not qualify her for execution. However, the Supreme Court nevertheless approved the execution.

Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2008 for killing a pregnant woman in 2004, cutting out the fetus and kidnapping it. The baby survived. Her lawyers insisted that she had brain damage and severe mental illness, which was exacerbated by the sexual torture she endured for years at the hands of her guardians.