September 25, 2020

7th Federal Inmate Executed This Year At USP Terre Haute

7th Federal Inmate Executed This Year At USP Terre Haute

Christopher Andre Vialva was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. Thursday in the death chamber of the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Vialva was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1999 murder and kidnapping of Todd and Stacey Bagley in Fort Hood, Texas.

Vialva's last words were "I'm ready, father," before he was injected with a lethal dose pentobarbital. A man with a stethescope entered the execution chamber and pulled down the sheet covering Vialva.  After checking his vital signs, he was declared dead by a Bureau of Prisons official.

Vialva became the seventh federal inmate executed since the Trump Adminstration resumed capital punishment this summer, and the first African American man executed by the federal government since 2003.

On Tuesday, William LeCroy was executed for the 2001 murder and rape of a Georgia woman.

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