04-07-2012, 03:15 PM #1
MT - Ronald Smith, Canadian on US Death Row
I thought this might be of interest given the discussion on Tori's threads re: death penalty. I had totally forgotten about this guy but his is apparently the only Canadian on death row in the US. And only 1 of 2 on death row in Montana. He has been in the Montana State Prison for almost 30 years. It sounds like he will be denied clemency...
Ronald Allen Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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09-07-2012, 02:18 AM #2
A bit of an update:
A Canadian who is fighting for his life on Montana's death row scored a minor legal victory Thursday after a judge declared the state's method of execution unconstitutional.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/montana...#ixzz25lJQyPE8
09-07-2012, 10:49 AM #3Registered User
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From the Wiki link:
Smith, who is from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, was sentenced to death in March 1983, after he himself asked for the death penalty after his conviction. Seven months earlier, he along with an accomplice, who were both high on LSD, killed two aboriginal men who offered them a ride while hitchhiking. They marched cousins Harvey Mad Man, 23, and Thomas Running Rabbit, 20, into the woods by the highway and shot them both in the head with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle. Smith refused a plea deal that would have seen him avoid death row but spend his life in prison. He pleaded guilty three weeks later and then asked for — and was given — a death sentence. Later he changed his mind.
Changed his mind? Wonder why.
No contest he committed this crime. If the issue is lethal injection, OK. How about what he gave the two young men he killed - death by a shot to the head with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle?
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