Fact Check: Media labels Trump “Executioner in Chief”, Inside the President’s Record 11 Federal Executions

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The liberal media loves to spin things.  The liberal fact-checkers love to ignore when the liberal media creates spin to protect Democrats.  President Trump is being hailed by the liberal media as the most prolific execution president since Grover Cleveland. The media lays that blame on President Trump for these executions, but these men were condemned and sentenced to death by previous presidents.   Most of the people on death row have committed brutally heinous crimes, including the murdering of children and a pregnant mother.

This week, the case of Lisa Montgomery once again stoked the media’s blame of Trump for so many executions.  So far, 10 people have been executed in what the liberal Huffington Post called an “Execution Spree”.

While Trump’s presidency has overseen the execution of more federal death row inmates than any other President in U.S. history, all of those inmates were sentenced to death by previous presidents.

This week, the liberal media has gone into full swing once again with the announcement of the January rescheduling of the death sentence for Lisa Montgomery.


Lisa Montgomery fatally strangled a pregnant woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, cut open her body, and kidnapped her baby. In December 2004, as part of a premeditated murder-kidnap scheme, Montgomery drove from her home in Kansas to Stinnett’s home in Missouri, purportedly to purchase a puppy. Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett—who was eight months pregnant—until the victim lost consciousness.

Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery then cut into Stinnett’s abdomen, causing her to regain consciousness. A struggle ensued, and Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death. Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the baby with her, and attempted to pass it off as her own. Montgomery subsequently confessed to murdering Stinnett and abducting her child. In October 2007, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended a death sentence, which the court imposed. Her conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and her request for collateral relief was rejected by every court that considered it.

It turns out, Montgomery was convicted and sentenced to death during the administration of former President Barack Obama.

The media is using Montgomery’s status as a woman to demonize the president as a murderer himself.

FACT CHECK – HALF TRUE: Under President Trump more people have been executed during the administration of President Donald J. Trump, however none of the individuals executed during the Trump administration were sentenced during his administration. The media has used Trump’s execution of justice to be served against vile criminals and murderers sentenced to death by the previous administration to demonize the president as a man on a murder spree.  It is yellow journalism by the liberal news media.   All defendants were shown to have years and sometimes decades of due process and appeals. Some of those appeals made it to the U.S. Supreme Court under administrations prior to Trump and those executions were upheld.

Here are some ways the left-leaning mainstream media in America has defined Trump’s push to carry out the orders set forth by judges of past administrations:

  • LA TIMES: Trump’s executions set a sicko record for the United States
  • Pro Publica: Inside Trump and Barr’s Last-Minute Killing Spree
  • NBC: Senators ask Justice Department watchdog to investigate federal executions under Trump
  • Business Insider: Trump’s is ending his term with a spree of executions, once again revealing his appetite for cruelty
  • The Intercept: In the shadow of Trump’s execution spree, the families of the condemned share a particular trauma that few can understand.
  • Time Magazine: In a Year Marked By Death, the Trump Administration Cements a Legacy of Unprecedented Executions
  • Huffington Post: People Are Not Paying Attention To The Trump Administration’s Execution Spree
  • Black Enterprise: Trump administration to execute 5 black people in last days as president
  • The Guardian: Trump administration has executed more Americans than all states combined, report finds
  • Intelligencer: Trump’s Last-Minute Execution Spree Has Begun
  • The Guardian: Trump’s end-of-term execution spree is nothing more than a perverse power trip
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What you won’t find in the media’s narrative of Trump as a cold-blooded murderer are the stories of the people who were executed and the stories of their victims.  Here is a list of criminals executed under President Trump along with their crimes, their victims and which president was in power when the individuals were sentenced to be executed.

Here are the stories of those murderers and their victims you won’t hear in the mainstream media.

07/14/2020 Daniel Lewis Lee was sentenced to death for three counts of murder in aid of racketeering and numerous other offenses. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 14, 2020. Sentenced to death in 1999 during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group, murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. After robbing and shooting the victims with a stun gun, Lee covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape, weighed down each victim with rocks, and threw the family of three into the Illinois bayou.  On May 4, 1999, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous offenses, including three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and he was sentenced to death.

07/16/2020 Wesley Ira Purkey was sentenced to death for kidnapping a child resulting in the child’s death. He raped and dismembered a Kansas City teenager. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 16, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2003 during the administration of George W. Bush.

Wesley Ira Purkey violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl, and then dismembered, burned, and dumped the young girl’s body in a septic pond. He also was convicted in state court for using a claw hammer to bludgeon to death an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio and walked with a cane.  On November 5, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found Purkey guilty of kidnapping a child resulting in the child’s death, and he was sentenced to death.

07/17/2020 Dustin Lee Honken was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 17, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2005 during the administration of George W. Bush.

Dustin Lee Honken shot and killed five people — two men who planned to testify against him, and a single, working mother and her ten-year-old and six-year-old daughters. On October 14, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa found Honken guilty of numerous offenses, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise, and he was sentenced to death.

08/26/2020 Lezmond Charles Mitchell was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including first degree murder, felony murder, and carjacking resulting in murder. Killed a 9 year old girl and her grandmother. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on August 26, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2003 during the administration of George W. Bush.
08/28/2020 Keith Dwayne Nelson was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and unlawful interstate transportation of a child for the purpose of sexual abuse which resulted in death. She was just 10-years-old. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on August 28, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2001 during the administration of George W. Bush.

Keith Dwayne Nelson kidnapped a 10-year-old girl rollerblading in front of her home, and in a forest behind a church, raped her and strangled her to death with a wire. On October 25, 2001, Nelson pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to the kidnapping and unlawful interstate transportation of a child for the purpose of sexual abuse which resulted in death, and he was sentenced to death.

09/22/2020 William Emmett Lecroy, Jr. was sentenced to death for the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm, taking a motor vehicle that has been transported, shipped, and received in interstate commerce by force and violence resulting in death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on September 22, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2004 during the administration of George W. Bush.

William Emmett LeCroy raped and murdered Joann Lee Tiesler, a 30-year-old nurse, in 2001. LeCroy had previously served 10 years in federal and state prison for, among other crimes, aggravated assault, burglary, child molestation, and statutory rape. After his release to supervised probation, LeCroy began planning to flee the country. In furtherance of that plan, LeCroy broke into Tiesler’s home in Gilmer County, Georgia. Once she returned home, LeCroy attacked her, bound her hands behind her back, strangled her with an electrical cord, and raped her. Then he slashed her throat with a knife and stabbed her in the back five times. LeCroy then stole Tiesler’s vehicle and drove to the Canadian border, where he was arrested. In March 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found LeCroy guilty of carjacking resulting in death and unanimously recommended a sentence of death. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and his requests for collateral relief were rejected by every court that considered them

09/24/2020 Christopher Andre Vialva was sentenced to death for carjacking and first degree murder on a government reservation and two counts of aiding and abetting. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on September 24, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2002 during the administration of George W. Bush.

Christopher Andre Vialva murdered youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley in 1999. While stopping to use a payphone in Killeen, Texas, Todd Bagley agreed to give a ride to Vialva and two of his accomplices. In the victims’ car, Vialva pulled out a gun, forced the Bagleys into the trunk, and drove the vehicle for several hours, stopping at ATMs to withdraw money from the couple’s bank account and trying to pawn Stacie Bagley’s wedding ring. While locked in the trunk, the couple spoke with their abductors about God and pleaded for their lives. Vialva eventually parked at a remote site on the Fort Hood, Texas, military reservation, where an accomplice doused the car with lighter fluid as the couple sang and prayed. Vialva then shot Todd Bagley in the head, killing him instantly, and shot Stacie Bagley in the face, knocking her unconscious and leaving her to die of smoke inhalation after an accomplice set the car on fire. In June 2000, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas found Vialva guilty of, among other offenses, two counts of murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and unanimously recommended two death sentences. His convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal, and his requests for collateral relief were rejected by every court that considered them.

11/19/2020 Orlando Cordia Hall was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including kidnapping resulting in death and interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on November 19, 2020. Sentenced to death in 1996 during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

In September 1994, Hall and several accomplices ran a marijuana trafficking operation out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  After a failed drug transaction involving $4,700, Hall and his accomplices drove to the Arlington, Texas, home of a man they believed had stolen their money.  The man’s 16-year-old sister, Lisa Rene, refused to let them inside.  Although Rene — an honor roll student with dreams of becoming a doctor — had no role in the drug transaction, Hall and his accomplices broke into the apartment and kidnapped her at gunpoint.  In the assailants’ car, Hall raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on him.  Hall’s accomplices subsequently drove her to a motel in Arkansas, where they tied her to a chair and repeatedly raped her.  Hall arrived at the motel room the next morning, took Rene into the bathroom for fifteen to twenty minutes, and emerged to announce that “she know too much.”  That night, Hall and his accomplices took her to a park where Hall and another accomplice had dug a grave that afternoon, but they could not find the grave site in the dark.  The next morning, they returned to the park with Rene.  At the grave site, Hall placed a sheet over Rene’s head and hit her in the head with a shovel.  Rene screamed and tried to run away, but the men tackled her and took turns beating her with the shovel.  After soaking her with gasoline, they dragged her into the grave and buried her alive.

12/10/2020 Brandon Bernard was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including two counts of First Degree Murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on December 10, 2020. Sentenced to death in 2000 during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Brandon Bernard and his accomplices brutally murdered two youth ministers, Todd and Stacie Bagley, on a military reservation in 1999. After Todd Bagley agreed to give a ride to several of Bernard’s accomplices, they pointed a gun at him, forced him and Stacie into the trunk of their car, and drove the couple around for hours while attempting to steal their money and pawn Stacie’s wedding ring. While locked in the trunk, the couple spoke with their abductors about God and pleaded for their lives. The abductors eventually parked on the Fort Hood military reservation, where Bernard and another accomplice doused the car with lighter fluid as the couple, still locked in the trunk, sang and prayed. After Stacie said, “Jesus loves you,” and “Jesus, take care of us,” one of the accomplices shot both Todd and Stacie in the head—killing Todd and knocking Stacie unconscious. Bernard then lit the car on fire, killing Stacie through smoke inhalation. In June 2000, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas found Bernard guilty of, among other offenses, two counts of murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and unanimously recommended a death sentence. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and his request for collateral relief was rejected by every court that considered it. Bernard is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on December 10, 2020, at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana. One of his accomplices, Christopher Vialva, was executed for his role in the Bagleys’ murder on September 22, 2020.

12/11/2020 Alfred Bourgeois was sentenced to death for multiple offenses, including murder of a 2-year-old child. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on December 11, 2020. He was sentenced to death in 2005 during the administration of George W. Bush.
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