By Billy Wayne Sinclair

An impassioned, well-researched record on the most burning concerns dealing with us this present day: the loss of life penalty. Billy Wayne Sinclair used to be in basic terms 21 while he heard the Louisiana pass judgement on pronounce those phrases: "I hereby sentence you to loss of life within the electrical chair." It was once the end result of a botched holdup dedicated the yr ahead of within which Billy had by chance shot and killed a guy. Billy spent the following forty years in Angola criminal, one of many country's worst, six of these years on loss of life row. whilst in 1972 the preferrred court docket struck down the demise penalty as arbitrary and capricious, Billy used to be re-sentenced to lifestyles with no parole. eventually published in 2006, he now examines the loss of life penalty in nice aspect, from old history—an eye for an eye fixed and a the teeth for a tooth—to the current. proficient by way of his personal event and his decades-long experiences, this e-book deals vital information regarding, and insights into, a subject matter that's as heated and debatable this day because it ever was once.

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There are no instances of violence in his prison record. Billy Wayne Sinclair personifies the humanity of the condemned and their capacity to change. Clearly redemption is not limited to souls without sin. Sister Helen Prejean Preface I served more than forty years in the Louisiana prison system for a murder I committed in 1965. Six of those years I spent on death row. ” The sentence staggered me. I was only twenty-one years old, and I was condemned to die. Granted, I had created the circumstances that condemned me to that death.

His early life is similar to those of other death row inmates in many ways. He was repeatedly beaten as a small child by a brutal father who ultimately abandoned the family. He grew up in extreme poverty with a single mother in rural Louisiana. He dropped out of school in the tenth grade after pushing a school principal to the ground. In 1965, during a bungled robbery attempt when he was twenty years old, Billy killed a convenience store clerk with a wild shot intended to frighten him as he was chasing Billy across a parking lot in the dark.

Just as the sheriff gave the command to take aim, Wilkerson shrugged his shoulders upward in anticipation of the impending bullets. Four bullets tore through his body. He jumped up, staggered several feet, and fell forward, crying out: “Oh, my God! My God! ” Three of the four bullets entered Wilkerson’s body above the heart. The fourth ripped into his arm. Witnesses reported that he lay writhing in pain for twenty-seven minutes before he was finally pronounced dead. Hal Schindler also described a botched firing-squad execution in September 1951 at a new prison in Point of the Mountain, Utah.

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