Governor McAuliffe statement on pending execution of Alfredo Prieto

Governor-McAuliffeGovernor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today on the pending execution of Alfredo Prieto, who is awaiting execution after being convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2010 for a rape and double homicide in Fairfax County.

“After a thorough review of the facts of this case, the actions of the various federal and state courts, and the petitions and recommendations of individuals representing both Mr. Prieto and the families of his victims, I have decided not to intervene in this execution. Mr. Prieto was convicted in a fair and impartial trial, and a jury sentenced him to death in accordance with Virginia law. Federal and state appellate courts have extensively reviewed his case and denied his requested relief.

“It is the Governor’s responsibility to ensure that the laws of the Commonwealth are properly carried out unless circumstances merit a stay or commutation of the sentence. After extensive review and deliberation, I have found no such circumstances, and have thus decided that this execution will move forward. I will continue to pray for all of the individuals and families affected by these tragic and horrible crimes.”

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