A man convicted in Missouri is one of five federal inmates who will be sentenced to death for of violent crimes against children.
The U.S. Attorney General has reinstated the death penalty for federal inmates after a nearly two-decade moratorium. Attorney General, Bill Barr, is scheduling five executions, including one for Wesley Ira Purkey. He was convicted by jury in 2003 for kidnapping a child in Missouri, resulting in death. He raped and killed the victim. His execution is scheduled for December 13 this year.
The announcement comes as some presidential candidates promise to abolish the death penalty. It has been part of the Democrat platform since 2016.