A Kansas woman convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, cutting off her body and abducting her baby in 2004 is due to be executed in December, marking the first instance of a federal women’s prison sentenced to death for more than six decades, officials said. in Friday .
The woman, Lisa Montgomery, was found guilty in 2007 of federal kidnapping that led to a premeditated murder and kidnapping scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice said Montgomery was scheduled for a lethal injection on Dec. 8 at the U.S. Terre Haute Penitentiary in Indiana.
“Her sentence and sentence were upheld on appeal and her request for bail was rejected by any court that heard it,”
Montgomery traveled from Kansas to the home of her victim, Bobby Joe Stinett, 23, in Missouri under the pretext of buying a puppy, the prosecutor said. Upon arrival, Montgomery strangled Stinet as she fainted and used a kitchen knife to cut her baby. When Stinet regained consciousness and tried to retaliate, Montgomery strangled her and fled with the child.
Jurors rejected the defense’s argument that Montgomery was deluded at the time, pleaded guilty and recommended the death penalty.
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The Trump administration resumed executions of federal prisoners earlier this summer for the first time in nearly two decades.
The Justice Department has also scheduled Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old man convicted of killing two youth ministers in Texas in 1999. He is due to be executed by lethal injection on December 10.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.