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Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

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For the past 3 months, Christopher Anthony Young has awoken in his 10-by-6 foot concrete cell on death row and had to remind himself: He's scheduled to die soon.
As the day crept closer, the thought became more constant for Young, who's sentenced to die for killing Hasmukh "Hash" Patel in 2004.
"What will it feel like to lay on the gurney?" he asks himself. "To feel the needle pierce my vein?"
Mitesh Patel, who was 22 when Young murdered his father, has anxiously anticipated those moments, as well. He wonders how he will feel when he files into the room adjacent to the death chamber and sees Young just feet away through a glass wall.
For years, Patel felt a deep hatred for Young. He wanted to see him die. Patel knew it wouldn't bring his father back. But it was part of the process that started 14 years ago when Young, then 21, gunned down Hash Patel during a robbery at Patel's convenience store on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.
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120-day Delay Requested in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Death Penalty Appeal

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As a second man rejoins Massachusetts' short list of convicts sentenced to death, lawyers are reportedly seeking another delay in the appeals process that would spare the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dhzokar Tsarnaev.

The Boston Herald's Laurel Sweet reports Monday that the team appealing Tsarnaev's sentence is requesting another two-month delay to build their case.

Those arguments were initially due last October, but the team received a 120-day delay at that time. They requested another today, according to Sweet.

Tsarnaev was sentenced to the death penalty in summer of 2015 for his role in the 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured 250 more. He also killed a police officer in the ensuing manhunt. The jury's unanimous decision followed 14 hours of deliberation.

Also on Monday, convicted killer Gary Lee Sampson lost his second bid to avoid death row. A jury added him back to a short list of federal convicts on death row and an even shorter list of people from Massachusetts receiving the sentence. The death penalty is illegal in Massachusetts, but both Sampson and Tsarnaev's cases are federal, and therefore an exception.

Source: Boston Patch, Alison Bauter, January 9, 2017

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