The United States is ready to execute a female federal prisoner for the first time in 67 years, said Donald Trump’s justice department.
Lisa Montgomery, who strangled a Missouri woman in 2004 and stole her unborn baby, must have died by lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Hout, Indiana, on Dec. 8.
Montgomery, whose lawyers have long claimed she suffered brain damage as a child and suffering from psychosis and other mental conditions, will become the first woman executed by the US government since Bonnie Brown Heidi in December 1
Attorney General William Barr announced the decision to proceed with the execution of Montgomery, 52, in a statement that also detailed the date of the December 10 execution of Brandon Bernard, 40, who was found guilty with two accomplices. the 1999 murder of two church ministers in Texas
Bar said the crimes were “particularly heinous murders.” Montgomery, who cut Bobby Joe Stinet’s belly and took her daughter, is the only woman among 55 federal prisoners awaiting execution, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Seven executions of federal prisoners have been carried out since Bar since July. Previously, only three inmates were executed after the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1998, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and another in 2001, the other two years later.
Sixteen women were executed in state prisons after a 1976 Supreme Court ruling lifted the moratorium on the death penalty in the United States. The last was in September 2015, when Kelly Renee Gisendaner received a lethal injection in Georgia for the 1997 murder of her husband.
Montgomery’s lawyer, Kelly Henry, attacked Bar’s decision as “an injustice.”
“Captured by her mental illness, Lisa committed a horrific crime,” Henry, an assistant attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement. “Yet she immediately expressed deep remorse and was ready to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of release.
“Lisa Montgomery has long since taken full responsibility for her crime and will never leave prison. But her severe mental illness and the devastating consequences of her childhood trauma make her execution a profound injustice. “
Now 16, Stinnett’s daughter, Victoria Joe, has been raised by her father. In 2004, Montgomery’s husband said he did not know that the baby his wife had brought home was not theirs.
“I had no idea,” Kevin Montgomery said. “I hope [the Stinnett family] I receive as much support from their church and community as I do, because we will all need it. “