With lower than every week to go earlier than her scheduled execution on the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Jan. 12, attorneys for Lisa Montgomery are pleading with President Trump to conform to her clemency petition and save her life.
Montgomery’s Tennessee-based lawyer, Kelley Henry, confused to Fox News on Wednesday that they don’t seem to be in any manner requesting the 52-year-old have her sentenced commuted, however to take the fast-approaching loss of life sentence off the desk in favor of life behind bars without parole.
From their purview, Trump “can be a hero” by making a “very public statement about the importance of ending the stigmatization of mental illness.”
“Our country has long recognized that mental illness is a mitigating factor and calls for a lesser punishment,” the chief clemency petition states.
The federal execution of Lisa Montgomery has been quickly halted after two of her legal professionals contract the coronavirus.
Montgomery, who was convicted of homicide and fetal abduction by a Missouri jury in 2008, was initially slated to be put to loss of life on Dec. 8. The Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons rescheduled the date to Jan. 12 after her attorneys contracted the novel coronavirus following a go to to her Texas jail.
Then on Christmas Eve, a federal district courtroom dominated that the federal government acted illegally in setting the Jan. 12 execution date as a result of the federal government’s personal laws stop the setting of an execution date whereas a keep is in impact. The authorities subsequently appealed that call and a three-judge panel reversed the district courtroom.
Montgomery’s authorized group appealed to the complete United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and that enchantment was denied on Jan. 5, 2021.
Montgomery was convicted of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old canine breeder, on Dec. 16, 2004.
The then-36-year-old, Kansas-based Montgomery met Stinnett in a web based chatroom referred to as “Ratter Chatter.” Stinnett was speaking to potential patrons for a terrier and occurred to say she was eight months pregnant.
Montgomery, beneath the client title Darlene Fischer, claimed she too was anticipating – producing an electronic mail alternate that led Montgomery to schedule a go to to Stinnett’s house over state strains to view a pup.
Unknown to Stinnett, Montgomery had undergone sterilization after the start of her fourth youngster.
On Dec. 16, 2004, Montgomery entered Stinnett’s house, strangled the 23-year-old girl and proceeded to carve out the untimely child from her womb with a kitchen knife. At one level, Stinnett is claimed to have woken from her unconscious state and tried to combat again, solely to be strangled to loss of life.
Sightings and anecdotes of Montgomery parading the child lady in a Winnie the Pooh outfit about city rapidly emerged. Montgomery advised others from church that she delivered her child at a ladies’s heart in a close-by Kansas city and that she had given her the biblical title of Abigail.
Stinnett’s lifeless physique was found by her mom, Becky Harper, about an hour after the assault – and a frantic seek for the tiny child commenced. The following day, after forensic pc scientists traced the web communication between the ladies, Montgomery was arrested at her house within the 385-person city of Melvern, Kansas, the place the new child was additionally recovered.
The child lady survived and was positioned within the care of her father. She would now be 16 however has lived a quiet life away from the general public eye. Her mom was laid to relaxation in Skidmore.
Lisa Montgomery suffered a lifetime of abuse, attorneys say.
However, Montgomery’s supporters and authorized group contend that she suffers from extreme psychological sickness induced from a lifetime of maximum bodily and sexual abuse, compelled into prostitution as a younger teen and evident injury to the mind, as proven in scans seen by Fox News.
“Lisa Montgomery, who was born with brain damage, suffered a lifetime of sexual torture, and struggles with severe mental illness and keeping in touch with reality, has submitted a petition for executive clemency to President Trump,” a press release from Montgomery’s protection group asserts. “Mrs. Montgomery is the only woman to face execution in America for the type of crime she committed – attacking a pregnant woman and taking the baby – because most prosecutors recognize that such crimes are the product of severe mental illness and trauma.”
The nation’s three main psychological well being organizations – the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and Treatment Advocacy Center – have additionally written to induce Trump to commute Mrs. Montgomery’s sentence.
“We believe that Ms. Montgomery, who acted in grip of a psychotic episode, should not be subject to the death penalty due to her brain damage and severe mental illnesses, and a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release is an appropriate sentence for her,” the letter mentioned.
If it does go ahead, Montgomery would be the first feminine inmate put to loss of life since 1953.