Capital punishment in Vermont
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In 2005, Donald Fell was sentenced to death after being convicted of carjacking with death resulting and kidnapping with death resulting by a federal jury in Vermont. Theoretically, following federal law, Donald Fell should be executed by electrocution as provided by Vermont Penal Code.
|Date capital punishment was legally abolished||1965|
|Legal methods of execution||1778–1919||hanging (21)|
|1919–1965||electric chair (5)|
|First legal execution||06-11-1778||hanging||David Redding||treason|
|Most recent legal execution||12-08-1954||electric chair||Donald DeMag||murder|
- Pre-sentencing claims of psychiatric illness, toxicology issues, and matters relating to future dangerousness were initially raised and were subsequently addressed by expert forensic examination. Once pre-sentencing issues were resolved, Fell’s actions were found to meet the threshold as a capital eligible crime because the following aggravating factors applied: 1. Fell caused the death of King during the commission of the crime of kidnapping, §3592(c)(1); 2. Fell’s behavior was especially heinous, cruel or depraved in that it involved serious physical abuse to King, § 3592(c)(6); and 3. Fell intentionally killed or attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, § 3592(c)(16).
- Hearn, Daniel Allen, Legal Executions in New England: A comprehensive reference, 1623–1960 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999).