Commuting A Death Sentence: The mayor of Woodburn, Frank Lonergan, strongly disagreed with Governor Brown’s decision to commute the death sentences of two men convicted of bombing a bank in the city 14 years earlier.
The Mayor Of Woodburn Has Criticised The Governor Of Oregon For Commuting A Death Sentence
Since Oregon had not carried out an execution in almost four years, Governor Brown commuted the sentences of all 17 inmates on death row as one of her final acts in office.
Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, father and son, were the most infamous of the bunch; in 2008, they bombed a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, murdering two police officers.
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Lonergan said he was “shocked and appalled” by Brown’s decision to pardon the two men in a statement he released criticizing the governor’s action.
“As Mayor, I was shocked and angered to learn that Governor Brown had unilaterally commuted the death sentences of the two murderers who committed this terrible crime against our police officers and community, without consultations or apparent consideration of victims, the City, the Woodburn Police Department, or any evaluation of the specific facts related to the conviction and sentencing of the bombers, who had been found guilty by an Oregon jury and sentenced by a Marion County Judge,” Lo said.
Lonergan remarked that the authorities and the community had worked tirelessly to guarantee that the bombers would be brought to justice and that the Supreme Court of Oregon had affirmed the death penalty in a 143-page judgment issued in 2016.
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For those who trusted that the criminal justice system would administer punishment equitably to those who murdered and injured our first responders and assaulted our town, Governor Brown’s decision to commute the sentences of the Woodburn bombers was a betrayal, as he put it.
“Governor Brown’s decision is an insult to those who were harmed by the bombing and a betrayal of Oregon voters who created the death penalty for those convicted of murdering innocent people and police officers,” he continued. We were hoping for more.”
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When asked about the death penalty, Brown responded in a news release, “I have long felt that justice is not accomplished by taking a life, and the state should not be in the business of executing individuals – even if a horrific crime landed them in jail.”
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