Lisa Montgomery: The federal government performs the first execution of a woman since 1953


Warning: This story describes violence that may upset some.

The Trump administration killed Lisa Mongmori early Wednesday. She was the first woman put to death by the federal government in 67 years.

The 52-year-old Montgomery was given a lethal injection in 2007 in Terre Haute, Indiana after being convicted in a federal kidnapping case. She was the only woman in federal death row.

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the death penalty on Tuesday night.

Attorney Kelly Henry of Montgomery said in a statement, “Crazy Blood of a failed administration was on full display tonight. Shame on everyone who participated in Lisa Montgomery’s execution.”

Lisa Montgomery
Lisa Montgomery

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In 2004, Montgomery fatally strangled 23-year-old Bobby Joe Stint, who was eight months pregnant at the time. As Stinnett dies, Montgomery takes a kitchen knife and bites the child from his stomach.

Montgomery arrives at Stinnett’s home in Skintmore, Skimmore, under the guise of adopting a dog and strangling him with a rope before dominating the Steinets. He was arrested the very next day, after which the child pretended to be his child.

Her lawyers filed a petition last Friday, saying she had “suffered brain damage, severe mental illness, and a lifetime of sexual assault.”

From the age of 11, Montgomery endured sexual harassment at the hands of his stepfather, his legal team said. As a young teenager, he said he was raped in a rape room while his stepfather beaten his head with concrete, causing long-term brain damage.

Montgomery’s mother allowed the men to gang-rape her daughter in exchange for money or home repairs, her lawyers said. According to the petition, after the gang rape, the men urinated on her “as if she was trash”.

The petition states, “From a very young age and continuing to the present time, Mrs. Montgomery is left out of touch with her physical and reality.” “Her incapacity as a result of the present (Mrs. Montgomery’s) mental state is to rationally understand why she will be executed, why she will be executed, or even where she is.”

Her sister, Diane Mattingly, agreed that Montgomery should spend the rest of her life in prison for a heinous crime, but did not believe she should face the death penalty. CBSN said on Monday, “I want people to understand the torture that my sister ended her entire life, and people disappointed her again and again.”

Mattingly was adopted by a foster family while Montgomery was left with his abusive parents. She said she felt guilty for never telling anyone in her Oklahoma trailer. But she said that there were other people who knew that young girls work from pediatricians to police officers and did nothing.

“He’s broken. He broke … but we’re just asking that once someone stands up for him,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly is asking to be sympathetic to a society that believes she let her sister down. She said her heart goes out on Bobby Joe’s family, “his family members, his friends, the community – I know I’m hurting. I’m so sorry that happened to you.”

According to The Associated Press, Stinnett’s infant daughter, Victoria, now 16 years old, is living with her father Zeb Stinnett. He never talked about the tragedy.

Montgomery’s lawyers first filed for executive clemency in December of last year.

In almost a century, there have been 47 federal executions. Thirteen must have occurred in the final year if all scheduled executions are performed.

Former Attorney General William Burr ended a 17-year moratorium on the death penalty last summer. After the election, Barr announced five executions before the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, who is opposed to the death penalty.

Two other executions were halted on Tuesday as federal death row inmates overcome it COVID-19. The US District Court for DC ruled that the execution of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs while they recover from the virus would violate their constitutional rights.

Johnson, who is convicted in seven counts of murder, was to be executed on January 14 by lethal injection. Dustin John Higgs, convicted of kidnapping and murder, was to be executed the following day. Both men tested positive for coronavirus last month.

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