Man freed from prison says life in prison preferable sentence for killer

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By Cowboy State Daily

The death penalty is not the best way to punish a killer for his crimes, according to a man whose murder conviction and death penalty were overturned in 2004.

Randy Steidl, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in the 1986 death of a couple, was at the Legislature this week to lobby in favor of SF 145, which would repeal the state’s death penalty and make life without the possibility of parole the state’s harshest criminal penalty.

Steidl said a lifetime of incarceration is a preferable punishment for a convicted murderer.“If you really want to punish a vicious killer, you put them in a cage for the rest of their life to think about the crimes they committed,” he said. “If they don’t repent to their God, then when they die, they burn in Hell. That’s justice.”

The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee voted 5-4 last week to send the bill to the House floor for debate by the full body. It is on the House’s “General File,” a list of bills waiting for their first full review.

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  1. 2/1/2019 9:18:48 AM EST

    To: Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Attorney General Peter Michael, Legislature, Wyoming Supreme Court, County and Prosecuting Attorneys, Wyoming Assoc. of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, Wyoming Corrections, Wyoming Homeland Security, U of Wyoming

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    Re: Randy Steidl – Dead Wrong

    From: Dudley Sharp, pro death penalty expert, a former opponent

    Randy Steidl  states:

    “If you really want to punish a vicious killer, you put them in a cage for the rest of their life”. (1)

    Total nonsense.

    Nearly 100% of all murderers do all they can to avoid the death penalty and to serve life, instead. The record of that is overwhelming and not challenged. Steidl is well aware.

    Murderers are telling us, exactly, which sanction they fear most.

    About 70% of death row inmates have been in prison, before.  They know what it’s like and they much prefer it to death row/execution.

    Death is feared more than life and life is preferred over death. Very basic.

    The obvious truth is the opposite of what Steidl is stating.

    Steidl continues:

    “If they don’t repent to their God, then when they die, they burn in Hell. That’s justice.”

    Steidl is unaware that the death penalty is about earthly justice. All earthly sanctions, inclusive of the death penalty, are based within justice.

    From the greatest of saint/scholars:

    St. Thomas Aquinas:

    “The fact that the evil, as long as they live, can be corrected from their errors does not prohibit the fact that they may be justly executed, for the danger which threatens from their way of life is greater and more certain than the good which may be expected from their improvement. They also have at that critical point of death the opportunity to be converted to God through repentance. And if they are so stubborn that even at the point of death their heart does not draw back from evil, it is possible to make a highly probable judgement that they would never come away from evil to the right use of their powers.” Summa Contra Gentiles, Book III, 146.

    1) Man freed from prison says life in prison preferable sentence for killer, Cowboy State Daily,  January 29, 2019

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