Friday, October 9, 2015

Oregon: Mercy on Death Row?

Mark Pinnell and Donald E. Cornell robbed and killed a 65-year-old man in his apartment 30 years ago. Pinnell was convicted of multiple aggravated murder counts - including aggravated murder by torture - and sentenced to death. Cornell was then tried, found guilty of murder, but acquitted of all aggravated murder charges. Pinnell had a court appointed attorney with no capital punishment experience, while Cornell was represented by "a seasoned capital punishment attorney,"

Cornell was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole and released from prison on Sept. 23, 2011, after serving 25 years and 11 months.

The 67-year old Pinnell is now the oldest inmate on Oregon's death row and dying of "severe chronic pulmonary disease." A lawyer says he has about six months to live. Pinnell is not likely to be executed, however, because Gov. Kitzhaber declared a moratorium on executions in November 2011. In a letter to the Governor, he has written:
"Please, let me die on the outside, with my friends and family near me when I pass ... I am a weak, old man. I pose no threat to society. I am very ashamed and sorry for what I did. I'm asking for mercy. Please release me from prison so that I can spend my last days near my family rather than at the Oregon State Penitentiary.''
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