First Woman Executed In Georgia In 70 Years Eats Nachos And Sings ‘Amazing Grace’ Before Death

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.”

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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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  • Sherry Leamon Lewis

    These people always become remorseful when they realize they are going to meet their Maker.
    Suck it up buttercup!

    • Diane Chormanski

      She became a priest and helped alot of people. Many people who had been in and out of the system since childhoo, a burden on our society. She helped them turn their lives around. All most all the people she helped haven’t returned to the system. How much more good could she have done, how many more people could she have saved if we commuted her to life in prison without the possibility of parole. They say it wasn’t her right to take his life. What gives us that right? If we were all judged for the choices we made 18 yrs ago we would be screwed. I know if I were judged by the choices I made 8 yrs ago I’d be in trouble. But people change for all different reasons, it’s called personal growth. Stanley “tookie” Williams was executed in 2006 he helped create the crips. And after being convicted of murder, he studied many religions. He than tried to fix what he had created. He inspired many people to leave the gang he had created. And after his execution many went back. When they asked one kid why he went back he said “in the end someone is going to get you, without gang protection I could get killed just for not being in a gang in my neighborhood. And it doesn’t matter how much good you do to try and reconcile the bad, look at tookie, he tried to stop all this, He may have been the only person who could have stopped this. No one cared! And no one’s going to care when I die.” That is sad.

      • Steven Hubbard

        You correct but you & I know the government doesn’t really care about us we’re just a number to them. Ppl should’ve realized that when we went to war under false pretense

      • Liz

        I agree. I think it makes us hypocrites to kill another for punishment of killing another. Money and religion are the key factors here. If we dont execute then we pay to feed and “house” the person for the rest of their life in jail. Those who believe say let her maker deal with her. Others say death is her freedom, her punishment is to sit and rot in jail. Others have killed and not been killed. We dont have a perfect system. We also dont rehabilitate murderers in jail but it sounds like she tried to make a change in herself. Regardless, there’s no good answer.

      • Pat anon

        Two Wrongs dont make a right,everybody makes mistakes in their lives , in this case because of the good that she done while in prison she should have been given a second chance with a life sentence. !!!

    • Lesley Henson

      I agree! I wonder how many “Crisis Christians” there are out there? If you only have faith when you’re in deep shit, why bother?

  • Shannon

    . If we can legally execute the “masterminds” of murder conspiracies then there’s NO reason why the laws can’t be changed to start executing pedophiles.. & it’s also sick how GA is almost celebrating they executed a woman. Why not just say outright that they only executed her because she was a woman & they wanted to make an example out of her, to prove their tough on both sexes equally.

    • Amy Nichole Brusherd


    • gsphillips1

      And you have a problem with treating both sexes equally?

      • Diane Chormanski

        The guy who actually killed him only got 20 yrs to life…. he is eligible for parole in 2 yrs.

        • Lesa L. Tatum

          I hope Doug ‘s family speaks out and his parole us denied.

        • Delicia AndShawn McGill

          Because he pleaded and testified against her. If it wasnt for his dear old wife, he would still be alive so she got what she deserved

      • Shannon

        No, but when they go out of their way to “prove” it’s equal, it starts to not be so equal or just. That state hasn’t executed a woman in 70 years..I HIGHLY doubt that in 70 years a woman more “deserving” hadn’t shown up in court.

    • Zaza Zaza

      You mean they want to treat the sexes equally in the courts? How horrible! What ever happenned to the pussy pass?

      • Donna PremDas-Auffant

        That’s disgusting.

        • Zaza Zaza

          I know! Imagine women getting as much prison time as men! Disgusting idea!

          • Donna PremDas-Auffant

            Grow up, Zaza zaza. Your language is disgusting.

        • josette63

          he’s making a funny, Donna and truthfully, without the vulgarity, i agree with him. i’m 62 and i have long been a staunch believer in equality of the sexes but sometimes, you’ve gotta laugh or you’ll go nuts.

          • Donna PremDas-Auffant

            Josette63, it’s the vulgarity that I was talking about.

    • TKP

      They should celebrate, one less worthless POS using our oxygen.

  • joey

    I think every state should have the death penalty. The law should be that anyone who commits murder automatically gets death 3 days after there verdict. Now as for children who kill, anyone 13 or older who is found guilty will remain in prison untill they’re 18th birthday and then be but do death. The problem with this country is the blacks and the church.

    • jennifer freeman

      Joey, you’re an idiot.

    • Gina Kimball

      excuse me? Blacks? Every race theres good and bad. you cant blame just one race.

    • Zaza Zaza

      “The problem with this country is the blacks and the church.”
      ……… the blacks?

    • Lew Ragsdale

      I agree as far as religion, you’re on your own with the racism.

    • Patricia Williams

      Your a fuck n ass hole the problem is racist ass pple like you JOEY

    • Delicia AndShawn McGill

      But yet it was another white person that has done another mass school shooting, and u say blacks are the problem?? #ill wait

  • Zaza Zaza

    You have to wonder if women here would be so sympathetic if this was just another man being executed

  • msxmargo .

    Its really is wrong how BTK and greenriver killer got life when their victjms addrd together they murdered over 60 women

  • TKP

    Love the response of the parole board, this sweathog was no victim,,the innocent man she had murdered was,,good job Georgia!!!!

  • Bristolian&Proud

    So sad that a modern western world, that claims to be free, still murders people on state licence.

  • Brenda Feliciano

    Thos bicth got what she deserve im glad that justice las served

  • msxmargo .

    Hope the Nachos were good- eating would be the last thing I’d feel up to doing before being for being excuted