TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA – Dustin Honken is dead. He read a poem as his last words. His last act in life was to beg to live.
An unidentified individual was scheduled to inject five grams of Pentobarbital into Honken’s breathing body today at 3:00 PM in an Indiana prison. He would soon go unconscious and be moved to the death chamber. He was pronounced dead, per reports, at 3:36 PM today, July 17, 2020. He was 52 years old, killed at least 5 people and ruined many lives with his drug business. Some say he lived decades too long. May he be forgotten forever. May his victims be remembered forever and rest in peace.
Last Words of Dustin Honken and Statement by Honken Attorney:
Below are the last words of Dustin Honken followed by a statement from his attorney Shawn Nolan.
As his last words, Dustin Honken recited the following poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ. who was an English poet and Jesuit Priest:
I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of the sea.
The following is a statement from attorney Shawn Nolan on the execution of his client Dustin Honken:
“Dustin Honken was redeemed. He recognized and repented for the crimes he had committed, and spent his time in prison atoning for them. With Father Mark, Sister Betty, Cardinal Tobin and other religious mentors, Dustin worked every day at the Catholic faith that was at the center of his life. During his time in prison, he cared for everyone he came into contact with: guards, counselors, medical staff, his fellow inmates and his legal team. Over the years he grew incredibly close to his family, becoming a true father, son, brother and friend. There was no reason for the government to kill him, in haste or at all. In any case, they failed. The Dustin Honken they wanted to kill is long gone. The man they killed today was a human being, who could have spent the rest of his days helping others and further redeeming himself. May he rest in peace.”
Shawn Nolan, attorney for Dustin Honken
Chief, Capital Habeas Unit
Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania July 17, 2020