Listing of United States Federal Death Row Inmates K - Z

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Jurijus Kadamovas
In Los Angeles, a federal jury recommended the death penalty on Feb. 13, 2007 for two men convicted of murders in a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme targeting Russian immigrants. Prosecutors said the two men kidnapped affluent Russian immigrants from Los Angeles in late 2001 and early 2002 and attempted to extort money from their families and friends. Three co-conspirators pleaded guilty and testified at the trial for the government. The judge has scheduled formal sentencing on March 12. (Associated Press, Feb. 13, 2007). UPDATE: The judge pronounced the death sentence for Kadamovas on March 12 and was scheduled to pronounce the death sentence for Mikhel on the same day.

Daryl Lawrence
Convicted on Feb. 28, 2006 of the murder of a police officer, Bryan Hurst, during an attempted bank robbery in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 6, 2005. Lawrence was also convicted of other bank robberies in Ohio. A jury recommended a sentence of death on Mar. 10, 2006. His death sentence was overturned by the trial judge, and the decision is being appealed.

William Lecroy
A jury sentenced LeCroy to death in the 2001 carjacking and murder of a North Georgia woman. Attorneys for LeCroy argued that the murder took place inside the victim's house, and thus did not fall under the 1994 federal death penalty statute. The judge is required to follow the jury recommendation.

Daniel Lee
convicted in Arkansas in May, 1999 of a triple murder of a gun dealer and his family. Lee was convicted along with Chevie Kehoe in a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Kehoe was considered by prosecutors to be the mastermind of the plot, but he was given a life sentence by the same jury. The jury in Lee's case recommended a sentence of death. Lee was formally sentenced to death on May 13, 2002.

Kenneth James Lighty
On Nov. 10, 2005, a federal jury in Maryland recommended a death sentence for Lighty for the kidnapping and murder of Eric Hayes (black), an alleged PCP dealer and son of a D.C. police lieutentant, in 2001. The kidnapping occurred in Washington, DC and the murder was committed in Maryland. Lighty was convicted on October 21. A co-defendant, James Flood was also found guilty but faces a mandatory life sentence. In April, a 3rd defendant, Lorenzo Wilson, was convicted of conspiracy to kidnap and faces a life sentence.

Iouri Mikhel
In Los Angeles, a federal jury recommended the death penalty on Feb. 13, 2007 for two men convicted of murders in a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme targeting Russian immigrants. Prosecutors said the two men kidnapped affluent Russian immigrants from Los Angeles in late 2001 and early 2002 and attempted to extort money from their families and friends. Three co-conspirators pleaded guilty and testified at the trial for the government. The judge has scheduled formal sentencing on March 12. (Associated Press, Feb. 13, 2007). UPDATE: The judge pronounced the death sentence for Kadamovas on March 12 and was scheduled to pronounce the death sentence for Mikhel on the same day.

Ronald Mikos
On May 23, 2005 a jury recommended a death sentence for this 56-year-old Chicago podiatrist who was convicted of fatally shooting Joyce Brannon, a white former patient, to prevent her from testifying in a federal probe of a Medicare fraud scheme in January 2002.

Lezmond Mitchell
Mitchell and his co-defendants (including a juvenile) allegedly got a ride from a woman and her 9 year old granddaughter in Arizona. They killed both victims and stole the car supposedly for use in an armed robbery. Each victim was stabbed at a separate location. The Attorney General required a capital prosecution against Mitchell under a carjacking theory -- although the tribe has not "opted in" to the federal death penalty. Attorney General Ashcroft required a capital prosecution. Mitchell was found guilty on May 20, and sentenced to death on September 15, 2003.

Lisa Montgomery
On Oct. 26, 2007, a jury in Kansas City, Missouri recommended a death sentence for Montgomery following her conviction for kidnapping and killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, also white, and stealing her unborn baby. Montgomery took the baby with her to Kansas and claimed the baby was her child. (Kansas City Star, Oct. 26, 2007). Formal sentencing will occur later, but the judge is required to follow the jury's recommendation. Montgomery will be the third woman on the federal death row. Montgomery is to be formally sentenced to death on April 4, 2008 in U.S. District Court.

Keith D. Nelson
Nelson was convicted of kidnapping a girl from her Kansas home and murdering her in Missouri. On November 28, 2001 a jury recommended the death penalty for Nelson, and on March 11, 2002, a federal judge imposed the death penalty.

Arboleda Ortiz
In May, 2000, a federal jury in Kansas City, Missouri, recommended a death sentence for Sinistera of Houston, Texas, for his role as triggerman in the murder of a drug dealer. Sinistera is a citizen of Colombia. He was convicted along with two co-defendants, Arboleda Ortiz and Plutarco Tello, who are also Colombian nationals. The jury also recommended a death sentence for Ortiz, but not for Tello. The judge sentenced them to death.

Jeffrey Williams Paul
Sentenced to death in June 1997 for the robbery-murder of a retired National Parks employee on federal land in Arkansas. An appeal before the Eighth Circuit is pending.

Wesley Ira Purkey
A jury recommended that Purkey be sentneced to death for the 1998 kidnapping, rape, and murder of a Kansas City, Missouri, teen. While serving life in prison for another 1998 murder in Kansas, Purkey confessed to the Kansas City crime in hopes of being transferred to federal prison. Prosecutors instead chose to seek the death penalty for Purkey under the 1994 federal statute. The judge is required to follow the jury's recommendation.

James H. Roane Jr.
Members of an inner-city gang in Richmond, VA. These three black defendants were sentenced to death in February 1993 for their participation in a series of drug-related murders.
Execution dates were set for the three co-defendants in May 2006, but the executions were stayed because of a challenge to the lethal injection process.

Julius Robinson
Robinson was sentenced to death on March 18, 2002, for the killings of Juan Reyes in May 1999 and Rudolph Resendez in June 1999 in Fort Worth, Texas. Both men were killed drug related incidents. Robinson was formally sentenced by the trial judge on June 5, 2002.

Alfonso Rodriguez
Convicted on August 30, 2006, of the murder of a college student, Dru Sjodin. Sjodin was kidnapped from North Dakota and her body was found in Minnesota. A jury in North Dakota recommended a death sentence on September 22. The judge formally sentenced Rodriguez to death on Feb. 8, 2007. North Dakota does not have a state death penalty and has not had an execution since 1905. The judge chose South Dakota as the place of execution. South Dakota utilizes lethal injection for executions, though none has been carried out. South Dakota's execution process is being reviewed by the legislature. The U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Rodriguez, Drew Wrigley, commented about the state's distaste for the death penalty: "It's just not part of the culture up here really at all. We live in the safest state in the the union."

David Runyon
Convicted and sentenced to death as being the convicted hit man in the slaying of a Navy officer in a 2007 murder-for-hire plot.
David Runyon, 38, of Morgantown, W. Va., was found guilty in July of the contract killing of Cory Allen Voss -- a 30-year-old father of two -- outside a Langley Federal Credit Union on Jefferson Avenue in the Oyster Point section of Newport News.
At about 11:30 p.m. one Sunday night in April 2007, Voss' wife, Catherina Rose Voss, asked her husband to go withdraw money from an ATM.
Unbeknownst to him, a contract killer -- whom jurors determined to be Runyon -- was hiding near the ATM. He forced his way into Voss' pickup truck, and, after about 10 minutes, fired five shots.
During the investigation, police and federal agents determined that Catherina Voss, and her boyfriend, Michael Draven, plotted the death, made to look like a random robbery, in order to be together and collect about $500,000 in insurance money.
Draven and Runyon knew each other from studies in which they'd get paid to serve as subjects for drug companies. Catherina Voss acknowledged hiring Runyon to kill her husband for $20,000, which she never paid.
Catherina Voss, 34, of Newport News, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to four life terms. Draven, 29, of Newport News, was found guilty in July, and will be sentenced in November. He does not face the death penalty.
Sentenced to Death 8/27/09.

Gary Lee Sampson
Sampson pled guilty to the carjacking and murder of two Massachusetts men during a weeklong crime spree. A jury sentenced Sampson to death on December 23, 2003. Sampson is only the second federal case tried in Massachusetts since the federal government reinstated the federal death penalty in 1988. Judge Mark L. Wolf sentenced Sampson to death, but ordered that the execution be carried out in New Hampshire, which has not carried out an execution since 1939.

Ricardo Sanchez
On Mar. 31, 2009, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, recommended a death sentence for Troya and Sanchez for the murder of two children on the Florida Turnpike in 2006.  The defendants also were convicted of murdering the children's parents and received life sentences for that crime. All the victims were Hispanic. The father of the children was allegedly killed because of a drug debt.  The reputed kingpin of the drug operation did not receive a death sentence. The judge is required to follow the jury's recommendation in imposing the formal sentence. On May 13, 2009 both Troya and Sanchez were formally sentenced to death.

German Sinisterra
In May, 2000, a federal jury in Kansas City, Missouri, recommended a death sentence for Sinisterra of Houston, Texas, for his role as triggerman in the murder of a drug dealer. Sinistera is a citizen of Colombia. He was convicted along with two co-defendants, Arboleda Ortiz and Plutarco Tello, who are also Colombian nationals. The jury also recommended a death sentence for Ortiz, but not for Tello. The judge sentenced them to death.

Michael Isaac Snarr
Two Beaumont federal penitentiary inmates will receive the death penalty for the 2007 slaying of Gabriel Rhone. Michael Isaac Snarr, 34, and Edgar Baltazar Garcia, 30, repeatedly stabbed Rhone, 31, outside his cell, located in the prison's maximum-security Special Housing Unit.
Both claimed they killed Rhone out of imminent fear for their lives because he threatened them within 48 hours of his death. The men also attacked two prison guards during the Nov. 28, 2007, murder in an attempt to snag keys to Rhone's cell, according to court testimony. Rhone, who was stabbed more than 50 times with a shank, died of wounds to his heart and liver, an autopsy found.
Sentenced to Death 5/24/10.

Richard Stitt
convicted of ordering the murder of three people in Norfolk Virginia. He was sentenced to death by a jury in November 1998 after a joint trial with three of the non-capital codefendants, who did not face the death penalty but rather life in prison. Stitt's death sentence was overturned by a federal District Court judge in April 2005 because of ineffectiveness of counsel. In March 2006, the District Court was unanimously upheld by the 4th Circuit, finding that Stitt's attorney did not render effective assistance because of a conflict of interest. (Associated Press, Mar. 25, 2006). UPDATE: The federal District Court ruled that Stitt's sentence should be reduced to life plus 65 years. The prosecution had requested a new sentencing jury. The government may appeal this ruling.
Update: 4th Circuit Ordered a New Sentencing Trial 12/29/08.

Rejon Taylor
On Oct. 21, 2008, a jury in Chattanooga, Tennessee recommended a death sentence for Taylor after convicting him of murder, kidnapping and carjacking. The victim was Guy Luck, a white businessman who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. He was brought across state lines and murdered in Tennessee. Taylor's attorney said he was very confident that the verdict would be overturned on appeal. The judge indicated that formal sentencing would take place in about a month.

Richard Tipton
Members of an inner-city gang in Richmond, VA. These three black defendants were sentenced to death in February 1993 for their participation in a series of drug-related murders.
Execution dates were set for the three co-defendants in May 2006, but the executions were stayed because of a challenge to the lethal injection process.

Daniel Troya
On Mar. 31, 2009, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, recommended a death sentence for Troya and Sanchez for the murder of two children on the Florida Turnpike in 2006.  The defendants also were convicted of murdering the children's parents and received life sentences for that crime. All the victims were Hispanic. The father of the children was allegedly killed because of a drug debt.  The reputed kingpin of the drug operation did not receive a death sentence. The judge is required to follow the jury's recommendation in imposing the formal sentence. On May 13, 2009 both Troya and Sanchez were formally sentenced to death.

Alejandro Umana
A federal jury gave an MS-13 gang member the death penalty. The sentence came in late Wednesday afternoon. Alejandro Umana was found guilty last week of killing two brothers in a greensboro restaurant back in 2007. After a day of deliberating, the jury recommended the gang member get the death penalty. This was a unanimous decision. Umana showed no emotion as the jury's recommendation was handed down. Umana's attorney made the procedural decision to poll the jury. When asked, each juror said yes that is still their decision. Alejandro Umana was arrested in 2008 in a roundup of suspected gang members. Police said he shot and killed Reuben and Manuel Salinas following an altercation in a Greensboro restaurant.
Sentenced to Death 7/27/10.

Christopher Vialva
A federal jury in Waco, TX, convicted the two in June, 2000, of carjacking and the murder of an Iowa couple visiting central Texas. Both defendants were sentenced to death. Vialva was 19-years-old at the time of his arrest, and Bernard was 18. Four younger teen-agers have also pled guilty to federal charges relating to the crime.

Bruce Webster
Charged in Fort Worth, Texas with the abduction, sexual assault and beating murder of a 16-year-old black female. Hall was sentenced to death in November 1995. In a separate trial, Webster was sentenced to death in June 1996.
Webster has been scheduled for execution on April 16, 2007. Execution was stayed. Webster had joined the lethal injection challenge filed by other inmates.

Ronell Wilson
This is the first federal death sentence handed down in New York since 1954. Wilson, 24, was convicted of killing two undercover police detectives in Staten Island in 2003. The jury recommended a sentence of death on January 30, 2007. The judge will issue the formal sentence at a later date. (Associated Press, February 1, 2007). If the judge decides that NY does not have the death penalty, then the judge will choose another state with the death penalty to determine the manner and place of execution. Wilson was formally sentenced to death in U.S. District Court on Mar. 29, 2007.
Update: 2nd Circuit Overturned Death sentence on 6/30/10.

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