Posted: 15 January, 2020 / 04:33 AM SDRUpdated: 15 January, 2020 / 04:42 PM SDR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The execution of Nicholas Sutton, consecutive in Tennessee, should be abolished because he had transformed himself into prison from killing to a person to save the lives of prison employees and other prisoners.
Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985 for the death of prisoner Carl Estep after dealing with drug dealing. Sutton, who is 58 years old now, was 23 years old at the time and was already sentenced to life for his grandmother to kill when he was 18 years old. He was also convicted of Charles Almon and John Large who were murdered in North Carolina when he was 18 years old.
The petition sent to Gov. Bill Lee Tuesday, slightly more than a month before Sutton's scheduled execution date of February 20, says Sutton accepts responsibility for these deaths and that he is "very careful." for the murders, his solicitor states that he was raised with a violent, abusive and mentally ill father who introduced him to drugs at the age of 12 years.
The death series was the first stable environment that Sutton had ever lived in, his solicitor insists, and gave him the opportunity to quit drugs for the first time in many years. Sobriety and stability enabled Sutton to improve himself and change his life.
“Nick Sutton has gone from someone who lives to someone who lives. Five Tennesseans' lives, including three prison staff, who have spent their lives, ”says the petition.
He mentions that Sutton saved his life during a prison riot in 1985 when a group of armed prisoners attempted to take his hostage around Eden.
“Nick and another prisoner confronted them, I physically removed from the story and escorted me” to safety, Eden says in the petition.
Cheryl Donaldson, former manager of the Tennessee outbreak unit, recalls the petition that she breached in 1994 and hit her head hard on the floor. “Sutton started“ performing, he helped me to get my feet, retrieve my keys and radio, and he alerted the staff to my help, ”she says.
The petition also tells the story of Deputy Howard Ferrell, the former Sheriff of the County of Sheriff, who said that Sutton stopped in 1979 from attacking him since he wanted to break a fight.
And the petition includes statements from the mother of Paul House, a cohabitant who has been released after many years. House developed multiple sclerosis in prison but refused to wheelchair or pedestrian, so Sutton brought it around the prison, said Joyce House.
She gives credit to Sutton's care to save her son's life.
“As a mother, it was so difficult not to be able to look after my son. I appreciate Nick for giving Paul the care I couldn't give him, ”she says in the petition.
The petition also says that prisoner Pervis Payne asks for Sutton's rapid credit to seek medical help to save his life after he has been ill from an arbitrary intestinal tract.
As well as emphasizing his rehabilitation, the petition makes a number of legal arguments for commuting Sutton's sentence. These included the appearance of Sutton and its shaking during his trial in 1985. The General Solicitors state a decision of the Supreme Court of U. which indicated that there was a disguise. the assumption of innocence.
Sutton's current solicitors are also afraid of his previous barrister that he did not consider his history of childhood trauma and abuse as mitigating factors for the jury. And they state that Sutton offered a life sentence at Sutton, unless an excellent coder pleaded guilty and took a sentence of 30-40 years. The jury of that jury was subsequently acquitted by a jury.
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