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Authorize construction of new state prison

Excerpts from legislation: HB 454: Authorizes Construction of New State Prison This bill: Legislative outcome: Bill passed House, 59-14, March 12; passed Senate, 19-10; March 12; signed by Gov. Herbert March 25
Source: Utah legislative voting records: HB 454 , Mar 25, 2015

No stay of execution in Ronnie Lee Gardner case

Utah death penalty opponents--hoping for a last-minute stay of execution for Ronnie Lee Gardner--are planning a June 17 interfaith prayer vigil on the eve of his execution.

"It is looking very unlikely that Gardner will get a stay," said one activist. "We are eventually hoping to convince lawmakers that this law needs to be changed."

Gardner, 49, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1985 for the fatal courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell and wounding of a court bailiff during an escape attempt. He was in court to face charges in the shooting death of a local bartender and is scheduled to die by firing squad at 12:01 a.m. June 18.

Unless Gov. Gary Herbert issues a temporary stay of execution, Gardner wil be the state's first death row inmate executed in a decade. Herbert has said he does not intend to interfere in the case, which has drawn national attention on both sides of the issue.

Source: Pat McCaughan on episcopalchurch.org , Jun 17, 2010

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