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Thursday, January 21, 2010

An argument for saving Kan. death penalty

As you might remember, the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the state's death penalty and whether it should be saved or scrapped. (Kansas hasn't executed anyone since capital punishment was reinstated back in 1994, and some studies argue that it costs too much money.)

Relatives of Jodi Sanderholm, a college student kidnapped and killed near Ark City, made an interesting argument for keeping it, though:

Justin Thurber raped, sodomized and murdered 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm of Arkansas City in January 2007. In March 2009, he was sentenced to die by lethal injection by a Cowley County judge.

Thurber feared the death penalty and, the night before his trial, tried to plea bargain to take capital punishment off the table, Jennifer Sanderholm told lawmakers, her voice wracked with emotion.

“He was scared and he didn’t want to die,” she said, surrounded by her mother Cindy and father Brian who also testified.

Relatives of the Carr brothers' victims also spoke. If there were ever a couple of poster children for keeping the death penalty, it's the Carr brothers.

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