Victim’s father issues statement following LeCroy execution

Federal Executions

FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, the gurney stands in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. An autopsy on an inmate put to death by a lethal injection of pentobarbital last month as the Trump administration resumed federal executions shows he suffered “extreme pain” before he died, according to recent court fillings by lawyers trying to halt the execution of their death-row client next week. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The father of Joann Tiesler, who was raped and murdered by William LeCroy, issued a statement following LeCroy’s execution Tuesday.

Today justice was finally served. William LeCroy died a peaceful death in stark contrast to the horror he imposed on my daughter Joann. He was allowed to live nineteen years longer than Joann, with us taxpayers paying for his food, shelter and medical care.

I am unaware that he ever showed any remorse for his evil actions, his life of crime or the horrific burden he caused Joann’s loved ones.

We taxpayers have spend (sic) millions of dollars on LeCory’s numerous legal appeals and for his housing, food and medical care. We no longer have to worry about him escaping from prison or harming other inmates or guards. I regret that it took nineteen years to get to this point but it has brought some needed closure to Joann’s family and friends.

Ironically Joann and LeCroy had some similarities in their lives. They were the same age but did not know each other. They both grew up in divorced households, but chose completely opposite paths for their future.

LeCroy chose to lead a life of crime. He chose to steal from people, commit statutory rape and violate Federal Firearms Laws. He had already spent ten years in jail and was on probation when he murdered Joann. He was living with his mother and stepfather at the time of the murder.

In stark contrast, Joann made good grades in high school and earned a scholarship to Berry College in Rome, Georgia. After graduation she moved back to Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University on a work scholarship and earned a degree as a Nurse Practitioner, she graduated with honors. She went to work in Ellijay, Georgia and bought a cabin in Cherry Log, Georgia. Her plans were to start her own practice and marry her fiance, (sic) when she was murdered.

I realize that some people are against the death penalty for various reasons, however I believe that premeditated murder, especially when it involves torture is a justification for the death penalty. I also believe that it is supported in both the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible. Paul says in Romans, Chapter 13 talking about God giving authority to the Government. He says in verse 4 “For he is God’s servant {the government} to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for He does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrong doer.”

Likewise, Jesus Christ did not deny that Pontius Pilate had the authority to crucify Him.

Lastly, I would like to thank General Barr and President Trump for having the courage to reinstate the death penalty. It had been seventeen years since the Federal Government had executed anyone. There are approximately sixty inmates on Federal Death Row.

I would also like to thank the many Lawyers in the Atlanta office of the Department of Justice for handling this case through the numerous appeals. Thanks to the men and women who have so graciously worked with us over the years to provide support and comfort.

Tom Tiesler

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