2018 Sentencing

Death Sentences in 2018

42 new death sentences were imposed in the U.S. in 2018, the third-fewest number of new death sentences imposed in any year in the modern history of U.S. capital punishment, which dates back to 1972 when the Supreme Court declared the country's death penalty laws unconstitutional in Furman v. Georgia.  

Court rulings allowing impaired defendants to waive critical trial rights and death sentencing of individuals with obvious impairments raised concerns as to whether the sentences were reserved for “the worst of the worst” offenders or were being imposed upon the most vulnerable defendants in the most unreliable trial and sentencing proceedings.

Although capital sentencing decisions are supposed to reflect the conscience of the community, a disproportionate number of death sentences in 2018 were imposed without the unanimous agreement of death-penalty jurors that death was appropriate. One of every seven death sentences was imposed by a judge without a unanimous jury vote, and often after defendants were deemed to have waived crucial trial rights.


Defendants Sentenced to Death in 2018
State First name Last name County Race Age at Time of Crime Non-Unanimous/Judge Sentencing
Alabama (3) Peter Capote Colbert W 22 10-2 jury vote
Derrick Dearman Mobile W 28  
Benjamin Young Colbert W 28 11-1 jury vote
Arizona (2) Dwandarrius Robinson Maricopa B 21  
Allyn Smith Maricopa B 30  
Arkansas (2) Scotty Gardner Faulkner W 55  
Eric Reid Garland W 55  
California (5) Isauro Aguirre Los Angeles L 32  
David Cruz Ponce Los Angeles L 28  
Eric Jimenez Tulare L 27  
Luis Monroy Bracamontes Sacramento L 38  
Andrew Urdiales Orange W 21-31 (killed over multiple years)  
Florida (7) Peter Avsenew Broward W 26  
James Colley, Jr. St. Johns W 35  
Daniel Craven Jackson W 25  
Angel Santiagogonzalez Union L 31  
Benjamin Smiley Polk B 20  
Donald Smith Duval W 56  
Michael Woodbury Okeechobee W 41  
Louisiana (1) David Brown Lafourche W 34  
Mississippi (2) Tony Clark Madison B 34  
Steven Wilbanks Lafayette W 22  
Missouri (1) Craig Wood Greene W 45 jury could not come to a unanimous decision, judge-imposed
Nebraska (2) Anthony Garcia Douglas L 34 Three-judge panel
Patrick Schroeder Johnson W 39 Three-judge panel
Ohio (5)  George Brinkman Cuyahoga W 45 Three-judge panel
Shawn Grate Ashland W 40  
Lance Hundley Mahoning B 46  
Christopher Whitaker Cuyahoga B 43  
James Worley Fulton W 57  
Oklahoma (1) Dustin Davison Oklahoma W 22  
Pennsylvania (1) Paul Henry York W 40  
Tennessee (1) Urshawn Miller Madison B 26  
Texas (7) Dillion Compton Jones B 21  
Jason Delacerda Hardin W 34  
Isidro Delacruz Tom Green L 23  
Ali Irsan Harris O 54  
Howard Lewis Walker B 45  
Kristopher Love Dallas B 31  
Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval Willacy L 30  
U.S. Gov't (2) Christopher Cramer Texas Eastern District W 32  
Ricky Fackrell Texas Eastern District W 30  
Key: B = Black, L = Latinx, NA = Native American, W = White

Death Sentences by Race of Defendant 2018

Race Defendants
White                    23
Black 10
Latinx 8
Other 1
Total 42

Counties in Order of Number of Death Sentences 2018

County Death Sentences
Colbert, AL 2
Cuyahoga, OH 2
Los Angeles, CA 2
Maricopa, AZ 2
U.S. Gov't (Texas) 2
Ashland, OH 1
Broward, FL 1
Dallas, TX 1
Douglas, NE 1
Duval, FL 1
Faulkner, AR 1
Fulton, OH 1
Garland, AR 1
Greene, MO 1
Hardin, TX 1
Harris, TX 1
Jackson, FL 1
Johnson, NE 1
Jones, TX 1
Lafayette, MS 1
Lafourche, LA 1
Madison, MS 1
Madison, TN 1
Mahoning, OH 1
Mobile, AL 1
Okeechobee, FL 1
Oklahoma, OK 1
Orange, CA 1
Polk, FL 1
Sacramento, CA 1
St. Johns, FL 1
Tom Green, TX 1
Tulare, CA 1
Union, FL 1
Walker, TX 1
Willacy, TX 1
York, PA 1
























States in Order of Number of Death Sentences 2018

State Death Sentences
Florida 7
Texas 7
California 5
Ohio 5
Alabama 3
Arizona 2
Arkansas 2
Mississippi 2
Nebraska 2
Louisiana 1
Missouri 1
Oklahoma 1
Pennsylvania 1
Tennessee 1
U.S. Gov't 2




Related Links


Executions by County

DPIC's 2018 Year End Report

Download 2018 Sentencing Data as a Microsoft Excel file

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