John Henretta - Tennessee - 10/4/11 - Commuted

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April 15, 2009, 03:47:17 AM Last Edit: October 01, 2010, 02:40:30 PM by Jeff1857
Death Penalty Is Upheld In Bradley County Rape/Murder


The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death penalty for a man convicted of the rape and murder of a Salvation Army thrift store clerk in Bradley County over 20 years ago.

The court ruled in the case of John Patrick Henretta who is on Death Row for the Nov. 30, 1988, rape and slaying of Francis Rose Crabtree.

Henretta was convicted in 2002.

Authorities said Henretta and Michael Goodhart were on a national crime spree when they drove into Cleveland and staked out the Salvation Army Thrift Store, which was then on Inman Street. Authorities said they attacked the clerk, Ms. Crabtree.

Goodhart died in prison after giving a statement to authorities.

Here is a summation of the ruling:

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN P. HENRETTA

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Charles G. Currier, Madisonville, Tennessee (on appeal and at trial); Steven B. Ward, Madisonville, Tennessee (on appeal); and Charles Corn, District Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, John P. Henretta.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Mark E. Davidson, Senior Counsel; Jerry Estes, District Attorney General; and Sandra Donaghy, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

A Bradley County Criminal Court jury convicted the defendant, John P. Henretta, of premeditated murder, see T.C.A. Section 39-2-202(a)(1) (1982), felony murder, see id., two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, see id. Section 39-2-501(a), two counts of aggravated rape, see id. Section 39-2-603(a), and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, see id. Section 39-2-301. The trial court merged the felony murder and premeditated murder convictions into a single conviction, and the jury imposed a sentence of death after determining that the State had proven four aggravating circumstances and that the aggravating circumstances outweighed the mitigating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt. See id. Section 39-2-203. The trial court also merged the non-capital convictions into a single conviction of each offense and imposed concurrent, Range II sentences of 45 years for robbery with a deadly weapon, 50 years for aggravated kidnapping, and 50 years for aggravated rape. The court ordered the effective 50-year sentence to be served consecutively to the sentence of death. In this appeal, the defendant challenges his conviction of first degree murder and the accompanying death sentence as well as his conviction of aggravated kidnapping. He contends (1) that the trial court erred by refusing to dismiss the indictment for a lack of jurisdiction; (2) that the trial court erred by refusing to suppress evidence obtained pursuant to a search of his person; (3) that the trial court erred by refusing to dismiss the death penalty notice on the basis of the delay between his confession and indictment; (4) that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction of aggravated kidnapping; (5) that the trial court's refusal to instruct the jury on the effect of a non-unanimous verdict at the capital sentencing hearing deprived him of due process; and (6) that Tennessee's death penalty scheme violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court. Following our mandatory review, see T.C.A. Section 39-13-206(c)(1) (2006), we also affirm the sentence of death.

(source: The Chattanoogan)


Granny B



Another justice delayed is justice denied.  This execution should have happened years ago.
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

Jeff1857

Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty for Bradley Co. Killer

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of John Patrick Henretta for the rape, murder, robbery and kidnapping of Frances Rose Crabtree, a 32-year-old Bradley County thrift store employee.

At 67 years old, John henretta is the oldest person on Death Row in Tennessee, according to the Dept. of Corrections website.

Henretta and his accomplice, Michael Goodhart, were on the run for crimes committed in Pennsylvania. On November 30, 1988, Henretta and Goodhart stopped in Cleveland, Tenn., and decided to rob the Salvation Army Thrift Store after it closed. During the robbery, both Henretta and Goodhart raped the victim. Before leaving the store, Henretta stabbed the victim in the neck, leaving her to bleed to death on the storeroom floor.

The murder remained unsolved until 1994, when the Cleveland Police Department learned of a letter Goodhart wrote to a Pennsylvania federal judge providing details of the crime. Henretta was indicted in 1997 and later convicted of first degree premeditated murder in 2002.

In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sharon G. Lee, the Supreme Court rejected all of the issues raised in Henretta's automatic appeal and concluded that none of the issues presented entitled Henretta to relief. The Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals and held that the sentence was not imposed arbitrarily, nor was the sentence excessive or disproportionate. The Supreme Court set Henretta's execution date at October 4, 2011.


http://www.newschannel9.com/news/-995074--.html

Granny B

Henretta given Oct. 4, 2011, execution date in Crabtree slaying
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer



One of Cleveland's most notorious crimes could come to a end in 2011.

John Patrick Henretta, Tennessee's oldest death row inmate, is scheduled to die Oct. 4, 2011.

Henretta was 59 when he was convicted in April 2002 in the slaying of Frances Rose Crabtree, a Salvation Army Thrift Store employee in Cleveland.

It was shortly after 6 p.m. on April 2002, when Bradley County jurors made a decision to put Henretta to death for his crime here.

Henretta and Michael Goodhart traveled into Cleveland on Nov. 30, 1988, and committed one of the city's most heinous crimes, sexually assaulting and stabbing Crabtree in the neck three times.

They had been down the street at Five Points drinking beer in a bar, waiting for the Salvation Army Thrift Store to close.

The pair entered through the rear as Crabtree was closing for the day. They attacked her, robbed and eventually took her life.

It was proven in Henretta's trial that he was the one who sexually assault her.

Forensic DNA expert Alan Guisti testified to the fact, which was corroborated by Goodhart's statement that he had not sexually assaulted her.

DNA proved it.

Agents with the FBI sat in the hallway of the Bradley County Courthouse as the trial progressed.

The case, which went cold, again became heated when Goodhart told someone of the murder in Cleveland of a Salvation Army worker.

Goodhart died in a Balstrop, Texas, prison.

Henretta was in federal custody at Leavenworth, Kan. Lt. Danny Chastain (now retired) of the Cleveland Police Department traveled to Kansas and interviewed Henretta about the murder.

TBI's Brooks Wilkins also went to Kansas for the interview.

Henretta and Goodhart began their criminal journey through the South after leaving Pennsylvania.

Multiple homicides, assaults, robberies, thefts and arsons were reportedly committed by the two men along their journey, according to officials.

Former Bradley County Sheriff Dan Gilley said, "Henretta is one of the most dangerous serial murderers to have ever been housed in the Bradley County Justice Center. Henretta had two prior convictions for murder along with a very extensive criminal background."

Henretta was a prisoner of the state of Pennsylvania, already serving life for murder and rape, according to his attorney Charles Currier.

Currier told jurors that during the trial in hopes of avoiding a death penalty decision.

Bradley County indicted Henretta on Aug. 20, 1997.

He was charged with premeditated felony murder in the perpetration of robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, accoridng to documents.

Henretta was allowed to give a statement following the sentencing.

In a statement to the family, "I'm sorry for what I have done. I will take responsibility for my actions. I am not the same man I was in 1988. I am ready to meet my Maker and He will have final judgment."

Henretta thanked the defense team who had fought for his life during the trial.

But in late 2005, requests for a retrial began which were eventually denied by the court.

Henretta's case fell under an old guideline in which he can choose either the electric chair or death by lethal injection, according to previous Banner reports, but officials with the local system were unclear if the statute was the same and may have undergone amendment.

Then judge, now head prosecutor in the 10th District, Steve Bebb read Henretta's death sentence.

It is not known under the statute which method of death Henretta will choose or if further appellate appeals will be rendered to the courts.

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/9860208/article-Henretta-given-Oct--4--2011--execution-date-in-Crabtree-slaying

" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

ggbop

October 4 is my birthday. Happy Birthday to me. What a nice present this will be.

At least he is not trying to blame someone else so this will be a quiet one if it goes through. He is not pretty enough to be a PTO poster boy, so they should be quiet too.
Genesis 9:6
"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. "

Granny B


I could not find any current news on this monster, but I did find this while looking:

by Lori Location: Cleveland on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I am not familiar with the case in question, but my mother's sister was Francis (Salvation Army Clerk). I literally get sick to my stomach when I think of what she went through and after 20 years the pain is still very present. It takes a monster to commit such acts and personally I feel like Goodhart got off easy, he died in prison of natural causes. He didn't have to lay on a cold concrete floor while 2 monsters discussed how to kill him, the way he and Henretta did while my Aunt laid there after they both raped her. And after all they did to her she tried to help them get away without being caught by telling them not to use the back door, the police station was across the street. Henretta is on death row,Cobbins should be there as well!!!

http://www.volunteertv.com/blogs/allisonsblog/55380422.html

Oldest on Death Row:
John Henretta, 2/12/43, 68 years old
Convicted in Bradley County
On Death Row since April 2002

http://www.state.tn.us/correction/deathfacts.html

Tennessee Stays Execution of John Henretta

     John Henretta's execution scheduled for October 4 has been stayed by the State of Tennessee. Henretta is the oldest man on death row in Tennessee. Henretta is convicted of  the 1994 rape and murder of a clerk at the Cleveland, Tennessee, Salvation Army Thriift Store.
http://theforgivenessfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=501:tennessee-stays-execution-of-john-henretta-&catid=40:general

4    TN    John Henretta    Stayed to allow for continuation of appeals.
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/upcoming-executions

" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

Grinning Grim Reaper

Judge commutes death sentence to life in prison for John Patrick Henretta


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  First Posted: September 20, 2013 - 1:01 pm Last Updated: September 20, 2013 - 1:04 pm

CLEVELAND, Tennessee -- A judge has commuted the sentence for a death row inmate to life in prison.

The Cleveland Daily Banner (http://bit.ly/1gIpVBM) reports the Judge Jon Blackwood granted the request during a hearing in August for John Patrick Henretta.

The judge cited Henretta's health as the reason for his decision. At age 70, Henretta had been the state's oldest death row inmate.

Henretta was convicted in 1988 of murder in the death of Bradley County resident Frances Rose Crabtree.

"The Court concludes that Mr. Henretta's health is such that death is imminent. Simply put, the petitioner will not survive to the end of these post-conviction proceedings," the judge wrote in his order.

A physician who testified at the hearing said Henretta had severe liver issues, Hepatitis C and other health issues.

"According to Dr. (Murray) Smith's report, the petitioner has a history of numerous health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and both skin and prostate cancer," the court order stated
.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections said Henretta will serve out his sentence at the Bledsoe Correctional Complex.

www.clevelandbanner.com

Well he may be headed to "Inmates Removed From Death Row" but he's going to rot from the inside out while there.  :P
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

phlebbb


Judge commutes death sentence to life in prison for John Patrick Henretta


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  First Posted: September 20, 2013 - 1:01 pm Last Updated: September 20, 2013 - 1:04 pm

CLEVELAND, Tennessee -- A judge has commuted the sentence for a death row inmate to life in prison.

The Cleveland Daily Banner (http://bit.ly/1gIpVBM) reports the Judge Jon Blackwood granted the request during a hearing in August for John Patrick Henretta.

The judge cited Henretta's health as the reason for his decision. At age 70, Henretta had been the state's oldest death row inmate.

Henretta was convicted in 1988 of murder in the death of Bradley County resident Frances Rose Crabtree.

"The Court concludes that Mr. Henretta's health is such that death is imminent. Simply put, the petitioner will not survive to the end of these post-conviction proceedings," the judge wrote in his order.

A physician who testified at the hearing said Henretta had severe liver issues, Hepatitis C and other health issues.

"According to Dr. (Murray) Smith's report, the petitioner has a history of numerous health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and both skin and prostate cancer," the court order stated
.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections said Henretta will serve out his sentence at the Bledsoe Correctional Complex.

www.clevelandbanner.com

Well he may be headed to "Inmates Removed From Death Row" but he's going to rot from the inside out while there.  :P





Ain't Karma a Bitch?????!!!!!
People that think they know it all, annoy the hell out us who actually do ...

time2prtee

LAME - high blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate cancer...REALLY! He's 70..who at seventy doesn't have that?
"Indeed, the decision that capital punishment may be the appropriate sanction in extreme cases is an expression of the community's belief that certain crimes are themselves so grievous an affront to humanity that the only adequate response may be the penalty of death."  SCOTUS

Peace and Comfort to all Victims and Families

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