Brandon Bernard was executed by the federal government at the Federal Correctional Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, Thursday night, according to CNN.
Bernard, one of five people convicted in Texas in 1999 for the murder of Ministers of Youth, Stacie and Todd Bagley, was the youngest in the United States to be sentenced to death for a crime he committed when he was 18 years old in nearly 70 years has been. He was 40 years old.
There have been several attempts to commute his execution. His story even caught the attention of Kim Kardashian, who was actively trying to save his life until his last moments.
Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. Bernard said he had been waiting for his opportunity to apologize to the Bagley family and his own family for the pain he caused.
“I’m sorry … I wish I could take it all back, but I can’t,” Bernard said to the Bagley family during his last three minutes. “Those are the only words I can say that fully capture how I feel now and how I felt that day.”
The Bagleys thanked Donald Trump for carrying out the execution in their statements. It was the ninth execution under the Trump administration after federal executions paused 17 years.
Arguments to save Bernard’s life included the fact that the trial attorneys withheld evidence at his 2000 hearing proving that he was neither a leader nor a full member of the gang he was associated with was.
Five of the adjudicators came forward saying that if they knew of the undisclosed information they would not have agreed to sentence Bernard to death, Owens said.
Kim Kardashian also noted that he was a model prisoner and allegedly used his story to get in touch.
She shared this news after the word of Bernard’s execution:
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