5 inmates to be executed after US attorney general resumes capital punishment following 2 decades without it

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After nearly two decades without utilizing capital punishment, Attorney General William Barr is not only resuming the practice but has already scheduled five executions of death-row inmates who were convicted of murdering children.

The Department of Justice reported the switch back on Thursday saying, “The attorney general has further directed the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society—children and the elderly.”Advertisement

The inmates in question are Daniel Lewis Lee, Lezmond Mitchell, Wesley Ira Purkey, Alfred Bourgeois and Dustin Lee Honken.

Daniel Lewis Lee

According to the DOJ, Lee is a member of a white supremacist group and killed a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl. “On May 4, 1999, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous offenses, including three counts of murder in aid of racketeering and he was sentenced to death. Lee’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 9, 2019.”

Lezmond Mitchell

According to the DOJ, Mitchell is accused of fatally stabbing a 63-year-old grandmother and forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter to sit next to her lifeless body for a 30 to 40-mile drive. He then killed the young girl.

“On May 8, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona found Mitchell guilty of numerous offenses, including first degree murder, felony murder and carjacking resulting in murder, and he was sentenced to death. Mitchell’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 11, 2019.”

Wesley Ira Purkey

According to the DOJ, Purkey violently raped and killed a 16-year-old girl and then dumped her mutilated body into a septic pond.

“On Nov. 5, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found Purkey guilty of kidnapping a child resulting in the child’s death, and he was sentenced to death. Purkey’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 13, 2019.”

Alfred Bourgeois

According to the DOJ, Bourgeois, originally from Laplace, Louisiana, physically and emotionally tortured his 2 and a half year old daughter.

“On March 16, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of multiple offenses, including murder, and he was sentenced to death. Bourgeois’ execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 13, 2020.”

Dustin Lee Honken

According to the DOJ, Honken shot and killed five people, including a 10-year-old and 6-year-old girl.

“On Oct. 14, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa found Honken guilty of numerous offenses, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise, and he was sentenced to death. Honken’s execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 15, 2020.”

At Barr’s direction, the Bureau of Prisons has adopted the Federal Execution Protocol Addendum, which “replaces the three-drug procedure previously used in federal executions with a single drug—pentobarbital,” the Justice Department announced.

Currently, the United States is the only Western country still using the death penalty.

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