Federal death-row inmate Dustin Lee Honken was convicted of “heinous” crimes but killing him ‘will do nothing to restore justice or heal those still burdened by these crimes,’ Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin has said in a letter to President Donald Trump.
‘Instead, his execution will reduce the government of the United States to the level of a murderer and serve to perpetuate a climate of violence which brutalizes our society in so many ways,’ the cardinal wrote, asking the president to grant Honken’s pleas for clemency. He has exhausted ‘all legal recourses’, the cardinal added.
‘By commuting this death sentence, you would help stem the tide of anger and revenge that threatens our country,’ he told Trump.
Honken is scheduled to be executed on 17th July at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
A meth trafficker, Honken received the death penalty for the 1993 execution-style slayings of two sisters, aged 10 and six. He received three life sentences for the killing of their mother, as well as the murder of her boyfriend and another drug-dealing associate of Honken’s.
Picture: Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., and President Donald Trump are seen in this composite photo. (CNS composite/photos by Archdiocese of Newark; Kevin Lamarque, Reuters).