- In 1993, Vincente Benavides was sentenced to death for a brutal rape and murder of a 21-month old baby girl he was babysitting. The baby died as a result of acute injuries from the rape.
- In 1985, Daniel Jenkins stalked an LAPD detective because he testified against him in a robbery case. Jenkins ambushed and assassinated the detective in front of his 6-year-old son at his school.
- In 1999, serial killer Robert Rhoades was sentenced to death for the kidnap, rape, torture and murder of an 8-year-old boy. He was also sentenced to death for the kidnap, rape and murder 18 year old girl Connell in Alameda County.
Prisoners’ rights advocates funded by the ACLU, promise Californians that if we abolish the death penalty, these death row inmates will never get out. This promise cannot be made. History has proven otherwise.
The California Constitution gives the Governor exclusive power to commute or pardon any inmate’s sentence, including murderers sentenced to death or life without parole.
History has shown the power of politics and the threat posed to Californians if the death penalty is abolished.
Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown commuted 23 death sentences while serving as Governor of California from 1958 to 1966. Brown reportedly admitted that political favoritism played a role in at least one decision to grant or deny clemency for a death row inmate.
Despite the promise that these death row inmates would never get out , they did. In fact, at least two went on to rape and kill again.
Never say never.