TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A Kansas woman convicted of fatally strangling a woman who was eight months pregnant, and then slicing open her body to kidnap her unborn baby, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8, federal authorities said.
U.S. Attorney William Barr on Friday said Lisa M. Montgomery was one of two inmates scheduled for execution at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, The Kansas City Star reported. She will be the eighth person executed in federal prison this year after a 17-year hiatus, CNN reported.
Montgomery, 52, will be the first woman executed by the U.S. government since Bonnie Brown Heady was put to death on Dec. 18, 1953, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records. On June 19, 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was executed for espionage, along with her husband, Julius Rosenberg. Both were put to death in the electric chair.
Montgomery then cut the fetus from Stinnett’s womb and tried to pass the baby off as her own, according to the Star. The child was later safely recovered.
Stinnett’s death was carried out in “an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner,” according to court records.
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