Sentencing Data

2015 Death Sentences by Name, Race, and County

There were 49 new death sentences in 2015. At the time, that that was the fewest number of new death sentences in any year since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared all existing death-penalty statutes unconstitutional in Furman v. Georgia.

New death sentences in 2015 declined 33% from the already 40-year low of 73 new death sentences in 2014. Of the 32 states with the death penalty, only 14 imposed a death sentence in 2015.



Defendants Sentenced to Death in 2015

First NameLast NameStateCountyRace

Marcus

Benn

AL

Jefferson

B

Sherman

Collins

AL

Sumter

B

John

DeBlase

AL

Mobile

W

Lisa

Graham

AL

Russell

W

Heather

Keaton

AL

Mobile

B

Jovon

Gaston

AL

Calhoun

B

Abel

Hidalgo

AZ

Maricopa

L

Jasper

Rushing

AZ

Maricopa

W

Thomas

Riley

AZ

Maricopa

W

Randy William

Gay

AR

Garland

W

Zachary

Holly

AR

Benton

W

Robert

Caballero

CA

Los Angeles

L

Juan

Coronado, Jr.

CA

Riverside

L

Robert

Dunson

CA

Riverside

W

Angel

Esparza

CA

Riverside

L

Miguel

Felix

CA

Riverside

L

Robert

Fuller

CA

Kern

W

Tyrone

Harts

CA

Riverside

B

Corey

King

CA

Los Angeles

B

Belinda

Magana

CA

Riverside

L

Iftekhar

Murtaza

CA

Orange

O

Naresh

Narine

CA

Riverside

O

Luis

Rodriguez

CA

Los Angeles

L

Francisco

Zavala, Jr.

CA

Riverside

L

Eddie Ricky

Nealy

CA

Fresno

B

Otis

Phillips

DE

New Castle

B

Rafael

Andres

FL

Miami-Dade

W

Edward

Covington

FL

Hillsborough

W

Barry

Davis, Jr.

FL

Walton

B

Dennis

Glover

FL

Duval

B

James

Herard

FL

Broward

B

Bessman

Okafor

FL

Orange

B

Dwayne Fitzgerald

White

FL

Seminole

B

Zachary

Wood

FL

Washington

W

Dontae

Morris

FL

Hillsborough

B

F. Glenn

Miller, Jr.

KS

Johnson

W

Lee

Turner, Jr.

LA

East Baton Rouge

B

Abdur

Ambrose

MS

Harrison

B

Jeremiah

Bean

NV

Lyon

W

Ralph Simon

Jeremias

NV

Clark Co.

A

Shawn

Ford

OH

Summit

B

Miles

Bench

OK

Stephens

W

Darrell

Frederick

OK

Oklahoma

B

Isaiah

Tryon

OK

Oklahoma

B

Jordan

Clemons

PA

Washington

B

Marcel

Johnson

PA

Bucks

B

James

Calvert

TX

Smith

W

Gabriel

Hall

TX

Brazos

A

Dzhokhar

Tsarnaev

Federal

State of Massachusetts

W


Death Sentences by Race of Defendant in 2015

RaceDefendants

Asian

2

Black

21

Latino

8

White

16

Other

2


Counties With the Most Death Sentences in 2015

CountyStateDeath Sentences in 2015

Riverside

California

8

Los Angeles

California

3

Maricopa

Arizona

3

Hillsborough

Florida

2

Mobile

Alabama

2

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

2


States in Order of Number of Death Sentences, 2015

StateDeath Sentences

California

14

Florida

9

Alabama

6

Arizona

3

Oklahoma

3

Arkansas

2

Nevada

2

Pennsylvania

2

Texas

2

Delaware

1

Kansas

1

Louisiana

1

Mississippi

1

Ohio

1

Federal

1


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