Disabled Man Executed in 1939 Pardoned in Colorado

Friday, 07 Jan 2011 04:53 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

DENVER (AP) — A mentally disabled man executed more than 70 years ago has been pardoned in Colorado.

Outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter on Friday awarded a posthumous pardon to 23-year-old Joe Arridy, who was executed in 1939 by lethal gas after being convicted of killing a Pueblo girl with a hatchet.

Ritter said an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests Arridy didn't commit the crime.

He had an I.Q. of 46 — too low to be considered for the death penalty today. Arridy appears to have given a coerced confession and was likely not in Pueblo when the 15-year-old girl was killed.

Ritter is a former prosecutor who leaves office Tuesday. He called the Arridy case a "tragic conviction."

It's the first time a Colorado governor has pardoned someone who has been executed.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Actor Booth Colman Dies at 91

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 21:30 PM

Booth Colman, who had a long career as an actor including the role of ape scientist Dr. Zaius in the 1970s "Planet of th . . .

FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Cleared in Campus Rape Hearing

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 19:12 PM

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared in a student conduct code hearing looking into . . .

Satanic Temple Puts up Display at Michigan Capitol

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 18:42 PM

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds in Lansing as Christmas week g . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved