2013 Sentencing

Death Sentences in 2013

There were 79 new death sentences in 2013, equaling the second lowest number since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Of the the 32 states with the death penalty, only 15 imposed a death sentence in 2013. (We had originally reported 80 new death sentences, but further research revealed that Khalid Pasha's sentence in Hillsborough Co., Florida, was a resentencing.)

Inmates Sentenced to Death in 2013

First Name Last Name State County Race 
Dontae  Callen AL Jefferson B
Thomas  Crowe AL Blount W
Carlos  Kennedy AL Mobile B
Joshua  Russell AL Calhoun B
Nicholas  Smith AL Calhoun B
Darrel  Ketchner AZ Mohave W
Joel  Escalante-Orozco AZ Maricopa L
Vincent  Guarino AZ Maricopa W
Jeffrey  Aguilar CA Ventura L
Emilio Avalos CA Riverside L
Ronald  Brim CA Los Angeles B
Nathan  Burris CA Contra Costa B
Osman  Canales CA Los Angeles L
Daniel  Cervantes CA Riverside L
Carlos  Contreras CA Riverside L
Rickie  Fowler CA San Bernardino W
Travis  Frazier CA Kern W
Robert  Galvan CA Kings L
Richard  Hirschfield CA Sacramento W
Emrys  John CA Riverside B
Waymon  Livingston CA Orange B
Jesse  Manzo CA Riverside L
Desi  Marentes CA Los Angeles L
Tyrone  Miller CA Riverside B
Joseph  Naso CA Marin W
Kenneth  Nowlin CA Kern W
Christian  Perez CA Los Angeles L
John  Perez CA Los Angeles L
Rudy  Ruiz CA Los Angeles L
Charles  Smith CA Los Angeles B
Anthony  Wade CA Orange B
Michael  Walters CA Kings L
Kaboni  Savage Federal Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Michael  Bargo FL Marion W
John  Campbell FL Citrus W
Steven  Cozzie FL Walton W
Wayne  Doty FL Bradford W
Richard  Franklin FL Columbia B
Victor  Guzman FL Miami-Dade L
Derral  Hodgkins FL Pasco W
Kenneth  Jackson FL Hillsborough W
Kim  Jackson FL Duval B
Joseph  Jordan FL Volusia W
Joel  Lebron FL Miami-Dade B
Khadafy  Mullens FL Pinellas B
John  Sexton FL Pasco W
Delmer  Smith III FL Manatee W
Jeremy  Moody GA Fulton B
William  Gibson IN Floyd W
Kevin  Isom IN Lake B
Jeffrey  Weisheit IN Clark W
Nidal  Hasan Military (Fort Hood, Texas) O
Robert  Blurton MO Clay W
Jesse  Driskill MO LaClede W
David  Hosier MO Cole W
Timothy  Evans MS Hancock W
James  Hutto MS Hinds W
Mario  McNeill NC Cumberland B
Bryan  Hall NV Clark W
Gregory  Hover NV Clark W
Richard  Beasley OH Summit W
Steven  Cepec OH Medina W
Curtis  Clinton OH Erie B
Dawud  Spalding OH Summit B
Mica  Martinez OK Comanche NA
Omar  Cash PA Philadelphia B
Kevin  Murphy PA Westmoreland W
Ricky  Smyrnes PA Westmoreland W
Aric  Woodard PA York B
Micah  Brown TX Hunt W
Obel  Cruz-Garcia TX Harris L
Franklin  Davis TX Dallas B
Bartholomew  Granger TX Jefferson B
James  Harris, Jr. TX Brazoria B
Willie  Jenkins TX Hays B
Matthew  Johnson TX Dallas B
Albert  Love, Jr. TX McLennan B
Naim  Muhammad TX Dallas B
Byron  Scherf WA Snohomish

DPIC contacts state agencies, state death penalty organizations, and death penalty litigators and tracks news articles to determine the number of death sentences. We only count "new sentences," i.e., we do not recount individuals who were sentenced to death in a previous year, had their sentence overturned, and were resentenced in the current year. Sentences are only counted when a judge imposes the sentence, even though a jury may have returned a death verdict earlier.

Counties with Most Death Sentences in 2013

County Number of Sentences
Los Angeles County, California 7
Riverside County, California 6
Dallas County, Texas 3
Calhoun County, Alabama 2
Clark County, Nevada 2
Kern County, California 2
Kings County, California 2
Maricopa County, Arizona 2
Miami-Dade County, Florida 2
Orange County, California 2
Pasco County, Florida 2
Summit County, Ohio 2
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 2

An additional 40 counties had one sentence each.

States with Most Death Sentences in 2013

State Number of Sentences
California 24
Florida 14
Texas
Alabama  5
Ohio 4
Pennsylvania 4
Arizona 3
Indiana
Missouri 3

An additional 6 states had one or two death sentences each. In all, 15 states imposed death sentences, out of 32 states with the death penalty.

Related Links:

Sentencing

DPIC's 2013 Year End Report

Executions by County

Clustering of the Death Penalty

Download 2013 sentencing data as a Microsoft Excel file

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