Sentencing Data

2016 Death Sentences by Name, Race, and County

31 New Death Sentences were imposed in the U.S. in 2016. That is the 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. This is a 37% decline from the 49 new death sentences imposed in the U.S. in 2015, which itself had been a 40-year low. Only 13 of the 31 states with the death penalty imposed any death sentences in 2016. (DPIC initially reported 30 new death sentences in 2016, but further research indicated that the death sentence imposed on Vahtiece Kirkman in Florida was, in fact, a new death sentence, rather than a resentence, as previously reported.)


Defendants Sentenced to Death in 2016

StateFirst NameLast NameCountyRace

Alabama

Dennis

Hicks

Mobile

W

Alabama

Justice

Knight

Henry

B

Alabama

Stephon

Lindsay

Etowah

B

Arizona

James

Johnson

Maricopa

A

Arkansas

Mauricio

Torres

Benton

L

California

Michael

Brown

Kern

B

California

Lonnie

Franklin Jr.

Los Angeles

B

California

Romaine

Martin

Riverside

B

California

Joseph

Mercado

Los Angeles

L

California

Ka

Pasasouk

Los Angeles

A

California

Gilbert

Sanchez

San Bernardino

L

California

Michael

Thomas

Los Angeles

B

California

Darnell

Williams

Alameda

B

California

Daniel

Wozniak

Orange

W

Florida

Vahteice

Kirkman

Brevard

B

Florida

Eriese

Tisdale

St. Lucie

B

Florida

Craig

Wall

Pinellas

W

Kansas

Kyle

Flack

Franklin

W

Nevada

Ammar

Harris

Clark

B

North Carolina

Antwan

Anthony

Pitt

B

Ohio

Glen

Bates

Hamilton

B

Ohio

Damantae

Graham

Portage

B

Ohio

Michael

Madison

Cuyahoga

B

Ohio

James

Tench

Medina

W

Oklahoma

Albert

Johnson

Oklahoma

B

Oregon

David

Bartol

Marion

W

Pennsylvania

Tam Minh

Le

Philadelphia

A

Texas

Demond

Bluntson

Webb

B

Texas

Charles

Brownlow

Kaufman

B

Texas

Mark

Gonzalez

Bexar

L

Texas

Amos

Wells

Tarrant

B

Number of Jurisdictions Imposing New Death Sentences, 2012-2016

Years

State Jurisdictions

Federal Jurisdictions

Jurisdictions

Counties

States

Fed Gvt

Military

Total

% Decrease

2012

60

18

1

0

61

2013

56

15

1

1

58

4.9%

2014

56

20

1

0

57

6.6%

2015

35

14

1

0

36

41.0%

2016

28

13

0

0

28

54.1%


Death Sentences by Race of Defendant in 2016

RaceDefendants
Asian3
Black18
Latino4
White6

Counties by Race of Defendant in 2016

CountyDeath Sentences
Los Angeles, CA4
Alameda, CA1
Benton, AR1
Bexar, TX1
Brevard, FL1
Clark, NV1
Cuyahoga, OH1
Etowah, AL1
Franklin, KS1
Hamilton, OH1
Henry, AL1
Kaufman, TX1
Kern, CA1
Maricopa, AZ1
Marion, OR1
Medina, OH1
Mobile, AL1
Oklahoma, OK1
Orange, CA1
Philadelphia, PA1
Pinellas, FL1
Pitt, NC1
Portage, OH1
Riverside, CA1
San Bernardino, CA1
St. Lucie, FL1
Tarrant, TX1
Webb, TX1

States in Order of Number of Death Sentences — 2016

StateDeath Sentences
California9
Ohio4
Texas4
Alabama3
Florida3
Arizona1
Arkansas1
Kansas1
Nevada1
North Carolina1
Oklahoma1
Oregon1
Pennsylvania1

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