First Woman in Seven Decades Executed in America; murdered pregnant and kidnapped baby

It has been almost 70 years since the United States executed a woman.

The Trump administration executed Lisa M. Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, whose death marked the first federal execution of a woman in nearly 70 years on Wednesday morning.

Montgomery, 52, was sentenced to death for murdering a pregnant woman in 2004 and kidnapping the fetus, whom she claimed as her own. In pleas for her life, Ms. Montgomery’s supporters argued that a history of trauma and sexual abuse that marred her life contributed to the circumstances that led to the crime. Her case, unusual in part because so few women are sentenced to death, sparked debate about the role of offenders’ past trauma in criminal sentencing.

Despite a series of court orders that briefly blocked her execution, she was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. His death, by lethal injection, is the 11th execution since the Trump administration resumed the use of the federal death penalty in July after a 17-year hiatus.

Bonnie Brown Heady the last woman executed 70 years ago

Bonnie Brown Heady was executed in a gas chamber on December 18, 1953 after pleading guilty to her role in the kidnapping and murder of Bobby Greenlease, the 6-year-old son of a billionaire car dealer in Kansas City. Missouri.

His co-conspirator, Carl Hall, who police say shot the boy, was also executed.

Sixty-seven years later, the federal government executed another woman.

With information from Vanguardia

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