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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

USA: Former Robins airman gets life sentence in pregnant girlfriend's murder

Charles Amos Wilson III
Charles Amos Wilson III
A former Robins airman accused of killing his fiancee and her unborn child will serve life in prison without parole, but not the death penalty.

A military court-martial panel on Wednesday delivered their sentence on Charles Amos Wilson III.

He's a former support team member with the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Last week, Wilson was convicted of killing Tameda Ferguson, who was 8.5 months pregnant., back in 2013.

On Wednesday, the court-martial panel of Air Force officers and enlisted members delivered their sentence.

In addition to the life sentence, Wilson's rank was knocked down to E-1, a recruit's level. He loses all back pay and allowances and will be dishonorably discharged.

This is the last of 3 court-martial proceedings in the past year for Wilson.

In his 1st court-martial, Wilson was found not guilty of murder and arson charges as well as insurance fraud after a fire in his rental home killed Demetrius Hardy, a civilian employee at Robins.

In June, another jury found Wilson guilty of assault against a female Air Force technical sergeant back in 2012.

Robins Air Force Base released this statement on the sentence:

"The Air Force has great confidence in our military justice system which holds members accountable for their actions and provides a fair and efficient process for the just resolution of cases. Today, three-fourths of a panel of 13 officer and enlisted members sentenced Airman First Class Charles Amos Wilson III to Life without the eligibility for parole, a reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge for the premeditated murder of Ms. Tameda Ferguson and her unborn child. Airman First Class Wilson's crimes are an extreme departure from the high standards the Air Force sets for its people, and he is not representative of the exceptional Airmen serving and defending our nation."

Source: WMAZ news, February 23, 2017

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