Jan. 5 (UPI) — A girl convicted of murdering a pregnant Missouri girl and stealing her child has requested President Donald Trump for clemency one week earlier than her scheduled execution.
Lisa Montgomery 52, of Kansas, is scheduled to be executed Jan. 12 on the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2004 dying of Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
Prosecutors mentioned Montgomery visited Stinnett’s residence underneath the guise of buying a pet. As soon as there, although, she strangled the lady, who was eight months pregnant, then lower the infant from her physique. Montgomery tried to move the new child off as her personal.
Police later recovered the infant and returned her secure to her father.
Montgomery is the one girl on federal dying row.
Her attorneys filed a clemency petition with Trump on Dec. 24 and made the paperwork public Tuesday. They cited Montgomery’s “lifetime of sexual torture,” mind injury since beginning and extreme psychological sickness as causes for reduction.
“Damaged earlier than she was born, Lisa Montgomery’s life was stuffed with torture, terror, failure, and betrayal,” the petition addressed to Trump begins. “Caretakers, relations, neighbors, schoolteachers, social employees, counselors, attorneys, and judges — all might have intervened to avoid wasting Lisa from the crippling trauma and profound psychological sickness that overtook her already broken mind, culminating within the terrible tragedy that took the lifetime of Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
“Had only one particular person intervened, all of this might have been averted. However they didn’t. And so now you’re confronted with the superior duty of deciding whether or not Lisa Montgomery lives or dies.”
The petition contains letters of help from dozens of present and former prosecutors, psychological well being specialists, and advocates working in opposition to home violence, human trafficking.
Former prosecutors Stanley Garnett and Harry Zimmerman wrote of their letter that ladies convicted of such crimes are usually not usually sentenced to dying as a result of the very nature of the act signifies extreme psychological sickness.
“We all know from first-hand expertise that these crimes are inevitably the product of great psychological sickness,” they wrote. “Girls who commit such crimes are also more likely to have been victimized themselves. These are essential components that make dying sentences inappropriate. We subsequently urge you to commute the dying sentence of Lisa Montgomery, a mentally ailing and brutally traumatized girl.”
Montgomery is housed at Federal Medical Middle Carswell, however can be transferred to the power at Terre Haute if her execution proceeds.
She obtained a keep of execution in November for her earlier Dec. eight execution date after her two attorneys grew to become ailing with COVID-19. The Bureau of Prisons rescheduled her execution for Jan. 12, however a federal choose in December mentioned officers did not observe the correct timeline to reschedule.
Earlier this week, a federal appeals court docket vacated the decrease court docket’s delay, clearing the best way for subsequent week’s execution date.
Montgomery is one in all three federal dying row inmates scheduled to be executed subsequent week. Corey Johnson is about to die Jan. 14 and Dustin Higgs on Jan. 15, all days earlier than the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has mentioned he’d work to move laws to eradicate the dying penalty on the federal stage.