The United States conducted the first death penalty for a prisoner under federal jurisdiction in 17 years, the Associated Press reports.
Earlier, the US Supreme Court ruled that executions in federal prisons could be carried out by canceling the delay previously prescribed by the lower court.
The first to be executed was the 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee, who was detained in the Terre Haute Federal Prison in Indiana. The execution was committed by lethal injection.
In 1999, Lee was convicted of the murder of an arms dealer and members of his family. According to prosecutors, the defendant was in an ultra-right organization whose goal was to build a society of representatives of the white race.
Before his execution, Lee reiterated his innocence:
“I didn’t do it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. You’re killing an innocent man.”
Since 1976, when the Supreme Court restored the use of the death penalty, more than 1,500 prisoners were executed in American prisons. Of these, only three fell under the jurisdiction of the federal authorities. The last federal execution at the moment was carried out in 2003. Now in federal prisons are about 60 sentenced to capital punishment.