As the 22. of the states of the US have Colorado now abolished the death penalty, 23 years after the last execution.

the death penalty has been abolished in the american state of Colorado.

Governor Jared Polis signed the law Monday, after the state senate voted for the amendment in February, reports tv station NBC.

Colorado is the 22. of the total 50 states of the united states, which abolishes the death penalty.

the Three doomed men, who waited to be executed, has got changed their sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The democratic governor called the three condemned as “despicable and guilty persons”.

– the Decision to change the death sentences reflect what is now the law in Colorado. It is done after an outreach process among the victims, he explains.

the Law has not retroactive force, and therefore, each judgment to be reconsidered and possibly rescinded, writes NBC.

At the human rights organisation Amnesty International, there are happy that yet another american state now has abolished the statutory maximum penalty.

– the Use of the death penalty is outdated, has basically bankrupt and must stop once and for all, says Kristina Roth of the organization’s u.s. section.

Only a single person has been executed since the Colorado reinstated the death penalty in 1976. It was Gary Lee Davis, who was convicted of having raped and killed his neighbor. He was executed in 1997.

In one of the most sensational cases, Colorado has experienced in recent years, was a jury in 2015, to impose the so-called the Batman killer, James Eagan Holmes, the death penalty.

Wearing the Batman costume shot and he killed 12 people in a movie theater in the state of Colorado in July 2012. 58 others were injured.

Nævningene could not agree, and therefore left off Holmes for the death penalty and was instead sentenced to a 12-times life imprisonment, as the court sees for 3318 years in prison.

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