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Attorney General Bill Barr said on Thursday the Federal government will restore the death penalty and will move forward with plans to execute five prisoners on death row for the first time in more than 15 years.
The Ministry of justice, said Barr, the Federal Bureau of prisons to adopt any proposed amendment to the Federal Execution Protocol, clearing the way for the executions. Barr also has the management of the bureau of prisons plan for the execution of five death row inmates.
“The Congress has expressly authorized the use of the death penalty through legislation passed by the people through the representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in a statement.
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He added: “Under the administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five killers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair trial. The Ministry of justice holds the rule of law, and we owe it to the victims and their families, to carry us to the penalty imposed by our judicial system.”
The five inmates that have been sentenced to death, scheduled to be implemented beginning in December:
Daniel Lewis Lee is planned, executed on Dec. 9. Lee, a white supremacist, was convicted in may 1999 of the murder of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. “After the robbery and shooting the victim with a stun gun, Lee covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape, charged each of the victims with stones, and raised the family of three in the Illinois bayou,” the DOJ said in a statement.
Then murder suspect Danny Lee is waiting for his trial hearing of the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Arkansas, on Friday, Oct. 31, 1997. (AP Photo/The courier, Dan Pierce, file)
Lezmond Mitchell is planned, executed, Dec. 11. Mitchell the stabbing death of a 63-year-old grandmother, was convicted in 2003, and according to the DOJ, to force” their nine-year-old granddaughter sitting next to your lifeless body for a 30-to 40-mile drive.” “Mitchell crushed then slit the girl’s throat twice, and her head with the 20-pound rocks, and cut and buried the two victims, the heads and hands,” the justice Ministry said.
Wesley Ira Purkey is planned, executed on Dec. 13. Purkey 2003 of the rape and murder of a 16-year dismember sentenced-old girl before burning and dumping the girl’s body in a septic pond. “He was also convicted in state court for the use of a claw hammer, Mace, to the death of an 80-year-old woman, who suffered from polio and walked with a cane,” the DOJ said.
Wesley Ira Purkey is planned, executed, Dec. 13. (Handout)
Alfred Bourgeois is planned to run Jan. 13. He was convicted in 2004 of torturing, sexually abusing and beating to death his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Dustin Lee Honken is planned to be executed on Jan. 15. He was convicted in 2004 of shooting and killing five people: two men who planned to testify against him, as well as a single mother and her two daughters.
the <strong>Dustin Lee Honken</strong> was convicted in 2004 of shooting and killing five people: two men who planned to testify against him, as well as a single mother and her two daughters. (Associated Press)
The Ministry of justice said that any of the occupants have exhausted appeal efforts and executed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The DOJ said that additional versions of the Federal government-planned to prisoners, at a later date.
The executions are the first in the prison system are sightings since 2003. In the year 2014, then-President Barack Obama, the Department for the carrying out of an assessment of the death penalty and topics related to lethal injection drugs led. This review led to what was effectively “freeze” versions.
The Department says the Bureau of prisons, the review is complete, and the executions can be continued.
Executions at the Federal level have so far been scarce. The government has to the death of only the three defendants, since the restoration of the Federal death penalty in 1988, the most recent occurred in 2003, when Louis Jones was executed for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldiers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.