Military May Execute First Prisoner in 55 Years

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The U.S. military might execute a prisoner convicted of rape and murder, for the first time in more than 55 years.

Ronald Gray, a former Army soldier, was arrested and convicted back in 1988 for two murders and three rapes he committed in North Carolina. He was sentenced to death.

Gray, who worked as a cook at Fort Bragg while he was stationed there, had already been found guilty of two other murders and five rapes in civilian courts.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten for the district of Kansas, denied Gray’s bid for another stay last week.

Marten ruled that a previously granted stay of execution was “no longer in effect,” which raised the possibility that Gray may become the first military execution since 1961.


Ronald Gray

CNN reported that “Gray is one of six former servicemen on the military’s death row at Fort Leavenworth facing the possibility of lethal injection.”

Former Army Maj. Nidal Hassan, convicted of the Fort Hood massacre of 13 people, in Killeen, Texas, is also a death row prisoner at Fort Leavenworth.


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