Back in October, Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak were found murdered in their home in Winchester. Tied up, gagged, shot in the head. Pietrzak's wife raped. The the house was set on fire, presumably to cover up evidence. All this because four fellow Marines were trying to rob the place.
Lance Corporals Kesaun Sykes, 21, Emrys John, 18, Tyrone Miller, 20, and Private Kevin Cox, 20, confessed to the crimes in November. Now, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
They're certainly eligible. Premeditated murder or murder during a robbery, rape or aggravated arson are punishable by death or life in prison according to the UCMJ. And it looks like prosecutors might be going after all of those.
Does the military still hang people? The last one was in 1961. Army Private John A. Bennett. Rape and attempted murder.
The death penalty was dropped in '83 and then reinstated the next year by Reagan. In '97 they added the possibility of life without parole.
Me, I'm all for the death penalty. Provided that the state doesn't fuck up a case and that it's commensurate with the crime. Everyone equal under the law, etc, etc. These things are rarely cut and dried and prosecutors just loooove to fiddle with facts. That's why I like defense attorneys better.
But, seriously, some people just need killin'.
What do you think? Should the death penalty be revoked? Kept? Lessened? What?