Corey Johnson was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Indiana after 19 years in detention.
The 52 year old was sentenced to death after he was convicted of killing seven people in 1992 as a part of the drug trade in Virginia.
Johnson was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana and was pronounced dead at 11:34 pm on Thursday.
In his final statement, the quinquagenarian apologized to the victims of his crimes by name. Johnson told his family he loved them and thanked staff in the prison’s Special Confinement Unit, spiritual advisers, and his legal team.
“I would have said I was sorry before, but I didn’t know-how. I hope you will find peace. To my family, I have always loved you, and your love has made me real. On the streets, I was looking for shortcuts, I had some good role models, I was side tracking, I was blind and stupid. I am not the same man that I was,” Johnson said, according to a statement released by his lawyers.
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Johnson’s legal team mounted a spirited fight to save him his execution, arguing that the quinquagenarian was still experiencing symptoms from his Coronavirus diagnosis last month.
Medical experts warned that receiving an overdose of the lethal injection would likely be even more painful for individuals recovering from Covid-19 because the virus often damages the lungs.
On Tuesday January 12th a federal judge found the warnings credible and delayed the executions of Johnson and another man – Dustin Higgs, who was also diagnosed with Covid-19, until March.
The government however appealed and the US Supreme Court allowed Johnson’s execution to proceed.
Johnson’s lawyers strongly condemned the execution which they described as a stark violation of the Constitution and federal law.