Capital punishment in Vermont
The death penalty was a legal form of punishment in Vermont until 1972. Vermont last executed a prisoner in 1954. However, Vermont statutes still state that the punishment for treason is death.
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 would have been executed by electrocution as provided by Vermont Penal Code. Fell's conviction was overturned in July 2014 due to "egregious juror misconduct" and he will be retried in 2017.
|Date capital punishment was legally abolished||1965|
|Legal methods of execution||1778–1919||hanging (21)|
|1919–1972||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|
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- "Vermont: Death Penalty Information Centre". Death Penalty Information Centre. 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Vermont Capital Punishment Law". FindLaw. 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Vermont Laws
- 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).
- Judge orders new trial in Fell case
- News | Death Penalty Information Center
- Hearn, Daniel Allen, Legal Executions in New England: A comprehensive reference, 1623–1960 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999).