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Dustin Honken – notorious drug kingpin and murderer – scheduled for death next year as feds resume executions


This news story was published on July 25, 2019.
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Dustin Honken
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes. The Attorney General has further directed the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society—children and the elderly.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding. The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

The Federal Execution Protocol Addendum, which closely mirrors protocols utilized by several states, including currently Georgia, Missouri, and Texas, replaces the three-drug procedure previously used in federal executions with a single drug—pentobarbital. Since 2010, 14 states have used pentobarbital in over 200 executions, and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly upheld the use of pentobarbital in executions as consistent with the Eighth Amendment.

Upon the Attorney General’s direction, Acting Director Hurwitz adopted the Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol and, in accordance with 28 C.F.R. Part 26, scheduled executions for the following individuals:

– 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. Lee’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 9, 2019.

– Lezmond Mitchell stabbed to death a 63-year-old grandmother and forced her nine-year-old granddaughter to sit beside her lifeless body for a 30 to 40-mile drive. Mitchell then slit the girl’s throat twice, crushed her head with 20-pound rocks, and severed and buried both victims’ heads and hands. On May 8, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona found Mitchell guilty of numerous offenses, including first degree murder, felony murder, and carjacking resulting in murder, and he was sentenced to death. Mitchell’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 11, 2019.

– 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 Nov. 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. Purkey’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 13, 2019.

– Alfred Bourgeois physically and emotionally tortured, sexually molested, and then beat to death his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. On March 16, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of multiple offenses, including murder, and he was sentenced to death. Bourgeois’ execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 13, 2020.

The grave of three victims of Honken and Angela Johnson, located in Mason City.

– 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 Oct. 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. Honken’s execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 15, 2020.

Each of these inmates has exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies, and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions, which will take place at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana. Additional executions will be scheduled at a later date.

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32 Responses to Dustin Honken – notorious drug kingpin and murderer – scheduled for death next year as feds resume executions

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    tim hansen Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    terry degues was not cooperating with feds

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2019 at 8:26 am

    KAG !!
    TRUMP 2020

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Make no mistake if President Trump wasn’t elected this guy would not be executed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Wow reading the comments was going to say I’m glad everyone agrees on something and then you guys shit on that. Anyway heard a rumor honked may have killed other people too? Anyone know or hear if that’s been released?

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    Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    …why are we waiting till next year to carry out these death sentences…I won’t be doing anything next week-end and am willing to do the job then…feel free to give me a call!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

    100% correct.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    That animal that helped him should suffer too. She is doing life in Minnesota. I hope it’s so bad she wishes she would be executed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    My Birthday is January 15th, best present ever

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2019 at 2:24 am

    maybe the lethal injection can be watered down so it take 10-15 minutes to take affect. let him squirm like a snake that long

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 27, 2019 at 2:23 am

    LETHAL INJECTION IS TO GOOD FOR HIM, take him out and shoot him in back of head like he did the little girls

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    mint Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2019 at 7:54 am

    pray for people and witness about Jesus, hope he repents and if so it is up to Jesus if he is forgiven only Jesus knows the heart/sincerity. my view

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2019 at 7:41 am

    It’s too bad that Honken & Bourgeois, can’t be executed in December of this year. What a sweet, albeit, Christmas present this would be to all of the victims families.

    Can’t wait to hear what the presidential hopefuls have to say about all of this and which one will be the first to speak out against these executions taking place.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2019 at 6:16 am

    This P.O.S should have been put down years ago for his crimes. It would have saved us all a lot of money, and done the world a favor.

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    Billary Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Good riddance! Stop wasting money on these creeps and let this be an example to other would be criminals…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Only good thing the Trump administration might finally be right on.Hopefully he doesn’t use this as political,like see what I can get done.It wasn’t him.This has been in the works for years to change and look at how we are going about executions.And the worst kind it should be use for.And rightly so some of these people can’t or shouldn’t ever see the light of day.We will really get it right when we execute ElChapo,how can he not be on the list sometime in future after all the unspeakable crime against MANY people these are the scum that really start this type of stuff to begin with,cut it off where it begins high on the ladder.That is where the goverment really lets us down.Take ElChapo 12.6 billion in assets and build your wall.Paid on the back of that Mexican that would make a real good deal.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2019 at 5:34 am

      OK, TDS sufferer, do you think the death penalty would be coming back if Hillary had won? I don’t.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

        You are an idiot. The death penalty never went away. It just hasn’t been used. What difference does it make who is President? Trump can’t be in favor of it, he is pro-life.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 27, 2019 at 5:31 am

          What part of “Feds resume executions” don’t you understand?
          FIVE more years, Hillary! Enjoy!

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          Don't be stupid Reply Report comment

          July 27, 2019 at 7:22 am

          There’s a difference between speaking up for those innocent babies who have no voice (prolife) and an adult who kills innocent people [prolife also]. If you want to kill. Kill the killer.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2019 at 5:57 am

      No it’s not fake news Lady ! I still have free health insurance from my employer because of the Trump Tax cuts. All there employees do. And I got to keep my doctor.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm

        Who is your employer?

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          Sponger Reply Report comment

          July 26, 2019 at 2:37 pm

          Uncle Sam, the post man brings me a check every month along with a title 19 card.

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            Anonymous

            July 29, 2019 at 5:51 pm

            ^ The hippy mail man?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 27, 2019 at 7:08 am

        Darn taxpayers

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    One of the many faces of evil. Without the police this type of sh!t would happen over and over. Cruel people like this need to go down.

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    Ralph Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    About time.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Maybe that will finally wipe that smirk off his face. Execute that evil accomplice too. She was just as guilty.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Dustin Honken should have been put to death in 1993.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    LIVE TV

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2019 at 5:35 am

      THAT…is NOT a terrible idea.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Hand them from the back of a horse. Why should they not suffer?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 27, 2019 at 5:33 am

        You’re right. A painless death on a gurney is way too good for a murderer like Honken. The best that we can hope for is to die in our sleep..Kenny Rogers.