Email campaign created to halt Thursday’s federal execution

Federal Executions

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The next federal execution is set for Thursday at 6 p.m., when 40-year-old Brandon Bernard is scheduled to die by lethal injection for his role in the 1999 murders of two youth ministers in Texas.

His accomplice, Christopher Vialva, was executed in September for his involvement in the same crime.

There is an effort underway by Bernard’s lawyers and supporters to get his sentenced changed to life without parole. They have created a website through which those opposing the death penalty can sent an Email to President Donald Trump, requesting he reduce the sentence.

The Email reads in part that Brandon “was then a struggling teenager who has since grown up to be a good and decent man who deeply regrets his role in the deaths of Todd and Stacie Bagley. He has even counseled others from prison not to follow the destructive path he took. His prison record has been reviewed by the former warden of the very institution in which Brandon is currently held. That warden recognized that Brandon has been a model prisoner and opined that Brandon would continue to function ‘exceptionally well’ even in a less restrictive prison setting than death row.”

Following Vialva’s execution, the mother of victim Todd Bagley released a statement saying, “I believe when someone deliberately takes the life of another, they should suffer the consequences for their actions.”

She asked the public “to please remember the victims and their families, who are still trying to cope.”

Our own Dana Winklepleck is an approved media witness for Thursday’s execution. Continue following MyWabashValley.com for the latest updates.

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