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Two more federal inmates scheduled to be executed after DOJ resumes capital punishment

The Justice Department has scheduled the deaths of two more convicted murderers after carrying out the first federal executions in nearly two decades.

Christopher Vialva, 40, and 50-year-old William LeCroy, both inmates at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, are set to be executed in late September, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

Vialva was sentenced to death after being convicted of the kidnapping and murder of two youth ministers in his home state of Texas and will be the first black inmate to die since the resumption of federal executions. LeCroy, who is from Georgia, was sentenced to death for the 2001 rape and murder of a 30-year-old nurse, according to the New York Post.

Three prisoners were executed at Terre Haute in July, and two more are scheduled to be put to death this month.

The restart of federal executions began with the death of former white supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee. Lee, 47, died on July 14 from a single-dose injection of pentobarbital. Lee was convicted in 1999 of robbing a family of three and murdering them. Among those he killed was an 8-year-old girl. Lee’s execution was followed up two days later by the execution of 68-year-old Wesley Ira Purkey. Purkey was convicted in 2003 of killing a 16-year-old girl and dismembering her body.

The resumption of federal executions was almost a year in the making. Attorney General William Barr first announced the resumption of the program last July. The last execution before this year was done in 2003.



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