Topic:
STATISTICAL INFORMATION; CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; PRISONS AND PRISONERS; FELONIES; SENTENCING;
Location:
SENTENCING;

OLR Research Report


March 14, 2005

 

2005-R-0258

PRISONERS SENTENCED FOR CAPITAL FELONIES

By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

You asked when the penalties for committing a capital felony changed. You also asked for a list of inmates sentenced for capital felonies and their sentences.

SUMMARY

After a person is convicted of a capital felony, the court holds a death penalty sentencing hearing where the jury or the court (at the defendant's option) decides whether to impose a death sentence. Starting in 1973, when the legislature re-wrote the state's death penalty laws in response to U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the penalty when the person was not sentenced to death was an indeterminate term with a minimum of between 10 and 25 years and a maximum of up to life. That penalty changed to a definite term of 60 years for crimes committed beginning July 1, 1981 (PA 80-442). The penalty changed again, to imprisonment for life without the possibility of release, for crimes committed after October 1, 1985 (PA 85-366).

According to the Department of Correction, there were 45 inmates sentenced for capital felonies on January 1, 2005. Of these, seven were sentenced to death (one inmate's death sentence was later overturned and he will have a new penalty hearing while another inmate has since been sentenced to death), 34 were sentenced to life without possibility of release, and three were sentenced to other penalties under earlier

versions of the capital felony statutes. One additional inmate, Eric Amado, received a 60 year sentence but it is unclear why he did not receive life without possibility of release based on his listed offense date.

INMATES SENTENCED FOR CAPITAL FELONIES

The chart below shows the inmates sentenced for capital felonies by penalty and chronologically by date of offense (with one exception, Eddy Hernandez, where the offense date was missing). A number of these inmates also have sentences for other crimes.

Inmates Sentenced for Capital Felonies on January 1, 2005

Sentenced to Death*

Name

Offense Date

Sentencing Date

Sentence

Robert Courchesne

September 15, 1998

January 15, 2004

Death

Ivo Colon

July 17, 1998

December 5, 2000

Death (but later overturned and a new penalty hearing is pending)

Richard Reynolds

December 18, 1992

April 13, 1995

Death

Sedrick Cobb

December 16, 1989

August 13, 1991

Death

Daniel Webb

August 24, 1989

September 12, 1991

Death

Robert Breton

December 13, 1987

October 27, 1989

Death

Michael Ross

June 14, 1984

May 12, 2000

Death

Sentenced to Life Without Possibility of Release

Name

Offense Date

Sentencing Date

Sentence

Alexander Gray

November 28, 2002

September 21, 2004

Life without release

Paul Brown

February 8, 2002

July 9, 2004

Life without release

Mark Edwards

December 10, 2000

January 23, 2004

Life without release

Luis Galarza

March 23, 2000

September 12, 2003

Life without release

Isschar Howard

January 23, 2000

January 31, 2003

Life without release

Carl Johnson

October 15, 1999

April 19, 2002

Life without release

Alex Sostre

January 23, 1999

February 3, 2003

Life without release

Jose Torres

August 3, 1998

March 11, 2002

Life without release

Chasity West

July 9, 1998

September 27, 2001

Life without release

Mark Campmire

December 9, 1997

January 25, 2002

Life without release

Scott Pickles

June 18, 1997

October 27, 1999

Life without release

Kevin Whitworth

December 28, 1996

February 5, 1999

Life without release

Manu Shipman

October 29, 1996

April 28, 2000

Life without release

Norman Gaines

October 29, 1996

January 21, 2000

Life without release

James Downing

December 31, 1995

November 6, 1998

Life without release

Errol Dehaney

November 23, 1995

December 8, 1999

Life without release

Miguel Beltran

September 29, 1995

December 6, 1996

Life without release

Jorge Ramos

August 14, 1995

May 3, 2000

Life without release

Joseph Fernandes

April 29, 1995

October 11, 1996

Life without release

Beth Ann Carpenter

March 10, 1994

August 2, 2002

Life without release

Julio Rodriguez

February 21, 1994

April 28, 1997

Life without release

-Continued-

Sentenced to Life Without Possibility of Release

Name

Offense Date

Sentencing Date

Sentence

Janet Griffin

November 1, 1993

June 17, 1996

Life without release

John Camacho

July 30, 1993

May 29, 1998

Life without release

Dave Gibbs

July 12, 1992

May 1, 1998

Life without release

Chris Hafford

July 14, 1991

October 4, 1996

Life without release

Terry Johnson

June 7, 1991

September 28, 2000

Life without release

Jesus Correa

November 15, 1990

March 15, 1994

Life without release

Melvin Jones

October 17, 1990

March 25, 1996

Life without release

Jason Day

March 17, 1990

October 23, 1991

Life without release

Ronnie Hinton

October 13, 1989

May 2, 1991

Life without release

Eric K. Steiger

July 11, 1987

August 10, 1989

Life without release

Thomas Hoyensen

April 12, 1987

June 10, 1988

Life without release

Richard LaPointe

March 8, 1987

September 8, 1992

Life without release

Eddy Hernandez

-

February 28, 1996

Life without release

Sentenced To Other Penalty

Name

Offense Date

Sentencing Date

Sentence

Eric Amado

October 19, 1990

December 10, 1993

60 years

Hector Gonzalez

May 6, 1983

January 10, 1986

70 years

Kevin Usry

September 7, 1982

May 6, 1985

60 years

Wilmer Paradise

May 14, 1974

September 3, 1987

25 years to life

*Since 1/1/05, Eduardo Santiago was sentenced to death and Ivo Colon's death sentence was overturned on appeal and a new penalty hearing is pending.

Source: Department of Correction.

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