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Washington (AP) —According to the Justice Department, a woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman and kidnapping herself was the first to be sentenced to death by the U.S. government for over 60 years. I am going to be a female prisoner.
Lisa Montgomery will be lethal injected on December 8 at a federal correctional facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. She will be the ninth federal prisoner since the Justice Department resumed executions in July after a nearly 20-year hiatus.
Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobby Joe Stinett in Skidmore, a town in northwestern Missouri, in December 2004.
According to prosecutors, Montgomery drove from his home in Kansas to Stinet’s home in Skidmore, pretending to have adopted a Rat Terrier puppy. When she arrived home, Montgomery strangled Stinet, who was eight months pregnant, with a rope, but Stinnet consciously tried to protect herself as Montgomery cut the baby girl from her womb with a kitchen knife. ..
Prosecutors said Montgomery took the baby out of Stinet’s body, took the child with him, and tried to see the girl off as his own.
Montgomery’s lawyer claimed she was suffering from delusions when she killed Stinet, but the jury refused to defend her. Her lawyer also claimed that she was suffering from a pseudopregnancy. It causes a woman to mistakenly believe she is pregnant and shows outward signs of pregnancy.
The Justice Department on Friday also planned to execute a man convicted of killing two young ministers in Texas in 1999. Brandon Bernard, 40, will be executed on December 10 for lethal injection.
Bernard and his co-defendant Christopher Vialba were convicted of kidnapping and killing Todd and Stacy Bagley, an Iowa couple who stopped using payphones in Killeen, Texas in 1999. .. According to officials, the couple agreed to board Vialba and two others. According to prosecutors, Vialva pulled out the gun, pushed the couple into the trunk, drove for hours, stopped at an ATM to withdraw cash, and tried to pawn a woman’s wedding ring. Both victims were shot in the head, placed in the trunk of a car, and lit in the trunk of the car.
Vialva was executed last month at Terre Haute’s Federal Correctional Facility.
The resumption of federal executions began on July 14, and former white supremacist Daniel Luisley was executed. Since then, six others have been sentenced to death and another Orlando Hall will be executed next month. Opposition groups say President Donald Trump is pushing for executions during the campaign season to improve his reputation as a leader in law and order.
Prior to the resumption of the death penalty this summer, federal authorities had executed only three prisoners in the last 56 years.
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