The American Judicial system has numerous forms of punishment, all aimed at suiting the crime in question. For some criminals that means life in jail, for others it means community service and for some it means the death sentence. 1,386 people have been executed in America with Texas leading the way with over 1/3 of the executions. Out of those 1,386 people who have been executed in America only a few are women. Death row, also known as capital punishment, is the most severe form of punishment you can be given. There are different forms of capital punishment: Lethal Injection, Electrocution, Lethal Gas, Firing Squad and Hanging, however the most popular methods are Lethal Injection and Electrocution.
There is a lot of controversy when it comes to death row, especially when teenagers committed the crimes. The following ten people were all under 28 years old when they died and all committed the crimes before they were 20 years old. Many petitions were signed in all of these cases stating that the following criminals were children at the time of the crime and should not be executed. However, the attempts to re-charge these young killers failed and the following ten young men all died a forced death in jail. Everyone has their opinion in regards to capital punishment especially when the crimes were committed by such young people.
10 Johnny Garrett - 28 years old
9 Glen Charles McGinnis - 27 years old
8 Ruben Montoya Cantu - 26 years old
7 Douglas Christopher Thomas - 26 years old
6 Napoleon Beazley - 25 years old
5 James Terry Roach - 25 years old
4 Jay Kelly Pinkerton - 24 years old
3 Dwayne Allen Wright - 24 years old
2 Toronto Markkey Patterson - 24 years old
1 Steve Edward Roach - 23 years old
Steve Edward Roach is the youngest person to be sentenced to death and die on death row. At the age of 17 Steve Roach was convicted of the capital murder of Mary Ann Hughes. The 70-year-old victim was found dead on December 3, 1993. Roach murdered the innocent old woman by shooting her in the chest while standing in her doorway. He often helped Mary Ann by chopping wood for her and cutting grass. After he killed her, he stole her Buick and attempted to take money out with her debit card before turning himself in. He claimed to not know why he had killed Hughes. Roach died at the age of 23 by lethal injection in Virginia.
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