First Federal Prisoner in 17 Years Executed

( – In June, Attorney General William Barr scheduled the first federal executions since 2003. The first was Daniel Lewis Lee, who was scheduled for July 13 but appeals stopped it from being carried out on Monday. However, those motions were finally exhausted and the sentence was carried out.

In the early morning hours of July 14, the Supreme Court of the US issued a 5-4 ruling allowing the execution of Lee. The convicted murderer was a white supremacist who killed a family of 3, including an 8-year-old child. He was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Twenty witnesses watched as Lee’s sentence was carried out. There are three more executions scheduled to take place this year for men convicted of murdering children. When Barr scheduled the dates earlier this year, he said the country owes it to “the victims of these horrific crimes…” and their families to carry out the sentences and that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday.

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