Not even the Pope could stop a woman in Georgia from being executed, making her the first female prisoner killed in the state in seven decades. Kelly Gissendaner was put to death after a five-hour delay earlier this week, CNN reports.
Reports say Gissendaner was convicted of enlisting her lover to kill her husband in 1997. Just before she was executed, she ate nachos, cried, made a final statement apologizing to “an amazing man that lost his life,” and sang “Amazing Grace.”
The Pope penned his own letter on Gissendaner’s behalf, saying: “While not wishing to minimize the gravity of the crime for which Ms. Gissendaner has been convicted, and while sympathizing with the victims, I nonetheless implore you, in consideration of the reasons that have been presented to your Board, to commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy.”
The letter did not work and neither did the plea from Gisendaner’s family. CNN says her children had to make a tough decision – either to visit their mom or make one last final plea in front of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. They chose to try to save her life, but it didn’t work.
As for the victim’s family, they said this:
“Kelly planned and executed Doug’s murder. She targeted him and his death was intentional. Kelly chose to have her day in court and after hearing the facts of this case, a jury of her peers sentenced her to death,” the statement read in part.
“As the murderer, she’s been given more rights and opportunity over the last 18 years than she ever afforded to Doug, who, again, is the victim here. She had no mercy, gave him no rights, no choices, nor the opportunity to live his life. His life was not hers to take.”
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