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Lisa Montgomery to be executed in 70 years for strangling a pregnant woman in 2004


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

18th Oct, 2020. 01:28 pm
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Lisa Montgomery

An inmate woman in the United States (US) named Lisa Montgomery will be executed in nearly 70 years.

Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004.

She is due to be given a lethal injection in Indiana on 8 December.

The last woman executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.

The federal execution of Brandon Bernard, who with his accomplices murdered two youth ministers in 1999, has also been scheduled for December.

US Attorney General William Barr said the crimes were “especially heinous murders”.

Last year, President Donald Trump administration said it would resume federal executions.

Who is Lisa Montgomery?

In December 2004, Montgomery drove from Kansas to Missouri, purportedly to purchase a puppy.

“Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett – who was eight months pregnant – until the victim lost consciousness,” it says.

“Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery then cut into Stinnett’s abdomen, causing her to regain consciousness. A struggle ensued, and Lisa Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death. Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the baby with her, and attempted to pass it off as her own.”

In 2007, a jury found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended a death sentence.

But Montgomery’s lawyers say she experienced brain damage from beatings as a child and is mentally unwell, so should not face the death penalty.

Difference between federal and state executions?

Under the US justice system, crimes can be tried either in federal courts, at a national level, or in state courts, at a regional level.

Crimes such as, mail theft, are automatically tried at a federal level, as are cases in which the US is a party or those which involve constitutional violations. Others can be tried in federal courts based on the severity of the crimes.

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