Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary in Indiana, on January 13, gave a lethal injection to the 52-year-old Montgomery League convicted of murdering a woman and kidnapping a child. This is the first execution of a woman at the federal level in nearly 70 years.
This is reported by the BBC, reports “Hromadske”.
According to witnesses, a woman who stood next to Montgomery during the execution took off her mask and asked if she wanted to say something. The convict said no and said nothing more.
For the first time, the execution of the sentence was postponed in December due to the coronavirus at lawyers, the second time – in January by a court decision.
On Tuesday, January 12, Judge James Hanlon of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana stopped the execution pending clarification of Montgomery’s mental health. The lawyers stated that the defendant suffered from brain damage and mental illness, “which was aggravated by the sexual torture she was subjected to by her guardians.”
Lawyers have appealed to legislation that prohibits the execution of people who, due to mental illness, do not understand the reasons for execution.
At the same time, the Supreme Court resumed the execution, denying lawyers a request to hold a hearing to establish Montgomery’s mental state.
It is noted that the last woman executed at the federal level in the United States was Bonnet Headey, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.
Convicted Lisa Montgomery from Kansas traveled to Missouri, a pregnant woman named Bobby Joe Sinnett, in December 2004 to allegedly acquire a puppy. However, Montgomery attacked Sinnett, who was 8 months pregnant.
The woman fainted, and at that moment Montgomery cut her stomach and took the child. Bobby Joe Sinnett came to her senses, and then the attacker killed her.
At first, Montgomery tried to pass off the kidnapped child as her own, but later confessed to the murder and abduction.
In October 2007, the court found her guilty of premeditated murder and kidnapping and sentenced her to death. The women were not satisfied with the appeal.
Recall how in the United States in 2020, for the first time in 17 years, a person was executed – a family convicted of murder and torture was killed by injection.