Missouri Governor Rejects Prison Guards’ Calls to Stop Brian Dorsey’s Execution

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By journalsofus.com


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) denied clemency to Brian Dorsey, who faces execution Tuesday for the 2006 murder of his cousin and her husband.

“Brian Dorsey punished his loving family for helping him in his time of need. His cousins ​​invited him to his house, where he was surrounded by family and friends, and then they gave him a place to stay. Dorsey repaid them with cruelty, inhuman violence and murder,” Governor Parson said in a Press release on Monday.

“The pain Dorsey caused others can never be rectified, but carrying out Dorsey’s sentence in accordance with Missouri law and the Court’s order will do justice and provide closure,” Parson added.

The Hill has reached out to Parson’s office for comment.

Dorsey, 52, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 after pleading guilty to killing his cousin Sarah Bonnie and her husband Ben Bonnie in central Missouri.

The governor’s decision to proceed with Dorsey’s injection comes after his legal team filed a request for clemency, highlighting Dorsey’s “extraordinary rehabilitation” behind bars, his apparent mental state on the night of the murders, as well as the inadequate legal representation at trial, according to reports from CNN.

The petition gathered more than 150 letter signers urging Parson to commute Dorsey’s sentence to life in prison without parole. According The Kansas City star, Supporters included 72 prison employees, five jurors, three Republican state representatives and former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Michael Wolff, who originally upheld Dorsey’s death sentence in 2009.

Megan Crane, Dorsey’s attorney, said allowing his execution was devastating.

“Governor Parson has chosen to ignore the vast amount of information before him that demonstrates that Brian Dorsey is the only one deserving of mercy,” he said in a statement, reported the Associated Press. “Brian has spent every day of his time in prison trying to make amends for his crime, and dozens of correctional officers have attested to his remorse, transformation and commitment to service. “Brian’s unprecedented support and irrefutable evidence of his redemption are precisely the circumstances for which clemency is designed.”

According to data from the Death Penalty Information CenterMissouri will be the fourth state this year to carry out an execution, if Dorsey’s execution is carried out.

The execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and will be carried out by lethal injection, according to the state’s execution protocol.

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