Board of Pardons agrees to hold hearing for Ronnie Lee Gardner

Commutation hearing is less than a week before execution date

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  • roberto
    May 21, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    Blah Blah Blah Blah......Get on with it. 25 years is too long. These hearings should have been taking place 24 years ago... You have alot of splaining to do Ronnie when you get to the other side. That's the punishment that should worry you.

  • Metamatics
    May 21, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't being sentenced to death, mean well, sentenced to death? He was not sentenced to life w/out parole and so I do not understand what the hold up is. He has exhausted his appeals...which anger's me that he had 25 years of appeals. I am 29 yrs old and he has been on death row for 80% of my life. He has had plenty of time, to make his peace w/god and accept his fate. He doesn't deserve mercy, he did not show his victims mercy. He is trying to get more time. His actions put him where he is, it is time he accepts that. He murdered 2 people and physically harmed another, while attempting to escape. Yeah, I feel he deserves a second chance (sarcasm). How quickly he forgets, that he is the victimizer, not a victim. He should have been executed 24 years ago.

  • Jon W.
    May 20, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    If Gardner is a changed man who truly desires forgiveness and believes he can obtain it, it seems to me he would be willing to undergo whatever penalties society sees fit to impose in order to obtain forgiveness - including the one that society did impose.

  • SME
    May 20, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    I know relatives of Gardner, the two murders he has committed have been mentioned, what is not mentioned is that he has been life-long criminal since he was a young teenager. Why do his attorneys think he is a changed man? What information can they have to base this opinion on? They are simply doing what they are paid to do, their claims have nothing to do with reality.

  • carman
    May 20, 2010 6:56 a.m.

    His execution would most certainly have a deterent effect. If he is allowed to string out the legal process, then claim it has been too long for the execution to have its intented effect, and be able to turn a death sentence into life in prison - that would be the ultimate signal that you can commit murder and get away with.

    It's time to serve justice and send Mr. Gardner to his lawful fate...

  • John Adams
    May 20, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    "... they say [Gardner] is 'no longer the same man who committed the crime for which he is sentenced to death.' "

    Well, the people he killed are still the same--dead, and he is still the one who killed them.

    This hearing is why executions are more expensive than life sentences. This foolishness has to stop.

  • David B.
    May 19, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Now you see his true colors! The man is a whining cry baby and I hope they use a bazooka to end it for him!! Enough is enough he had his chances and now its time to pay the piper.

  • rlsintx
    May 19, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    playing chicken... force people into facing their own internal issues with executing him... see who blinks. Hey, he has nothing to lose - it's his last shot (no pun intended)...

  • nooskers
    May 19, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    Time sure flies when your a convicted murderer. Especially for this guy, according to the first line he has less than a week to live and his commutation hearing is after his execution. Hang em high no matter how long he has, two murders in a life time, I cant imagine how much he has changed in the prison system.

  • Question
    May 19, 2010 12:49 p.m.

    In another thread corrections officials are warning of emergency releases that will be required soon because of lack of room in Prisons. And we are fighting to keep Gardner alive, and incarcerated for the rest of his life?

    Seems like this is an obvious opportunity to open up a space for another inmate.

    I mean his GUILT isn't in question, right???

    All that is questionable in this case is... do we have the guts to follow through with the sentence that was given to him at his trial.

  • jagged1
    May 19, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    Gardner's crime deserves execution. It was not just the one murder, but two. Eye for an eye. He knew what the punishment in the state of Utah was for committing the crime. Now let him suffer the results of his actions.

  • rider
    May 19, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    So he (Gardner) plays the system for 25 years with all of his appeals, and now he says it would be wrong to execute him because it has been 25 years. Let him have his wish and put him in front of the firing squad. . .