Jessica's Murderer, John Couey Gets Death Penalty

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Hopefully the Lunsford family can sleep a little easier tonight.

The judge just gave John Couey, the man that buried little Jessica Lunsford alive the death penalty.

I wonder, how long will he sit on Death Row.

How long does it take the state of Florida to put a sentenced person to death?

Why do murders get an appeals process?

The person they murdered didn't get to make any appeals.

Little Jessie was told she was going home, instead she was put into a hole after being bound and placed into garbage bags. No appeals, no nothing, but a stuffed dolphin and darkness.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtsey of The Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation

Click on the video to watch and listen to "Jessie's Song"

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Rainmaker
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Randy L. Prothero
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Cases like this are great reasons for the death penalty.  The sad part is the tax payers will spend a fortune on the murderer.
Aug 24, 2007 08:43 AM #1
Rainer
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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
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Lysa, That you know what.. got what he deserved I only hope the inmates have fun with him before the state gets to finish the job
Aug 24, 2007 09:23 AM #2
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Randy, That is why Steve and I question the appeals process. Why should we foot the bill. He admitted the crime, he should die swiftly.

Matt, unfortunatley they've been keeping him in solitary and that is where he will most likely stay. Trust me, there are a lot of people inside those walls that would love to have a go at him. It would sure save us some money if they (the officials) let that happen.

Aug 24, 2007 10:25 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
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Lysa, This entire story is just heartbeaking. I was very pleased withe sentencing but it sure doesn't bring Jessica back. Very sad.
Aug 24, 2007 11:10 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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Lysa, 2 sites that should answer all of your questions:

http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/deathrow  and  http://www.dc.state.fl.us/secretary/press/1999/electric-chair.jpg

The second shows the new electric chair that was built in 1998, it replaced "Ol' Sparky" which was built in 1923 and was laid-off from 1964 to 1979.  The inmates on deathrow now have the choice of lethal injection or the electric chair.  Is justice ever fully served, one day we'll all know that answer.

Aug 24, 2007 12:05 PM #5
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Lysa - little Jessica Lunsford never got to live her life.  I'm sorry if this sounds crass or cold ---- but this heathen should not live another day.  If he was put to death in the next 5 minutes he has still lived way too long.  This type of thing just breaks my heart.
Aug 24, 2007 01:50 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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I agree with BB - that poor family's loss is something I can't even imagine.  I wonder if this sentencing will bring closure.
Aug 24, 2007 01:51 PM #7
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Kim Murphy
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Lysa - So very sad!  I always think they should have a sentence that is and eye for an eye!  Bury this killer they way he did his victim!
Aug 24, 2007 05:15 PM #8
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
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BB, You're right, it doesn't bring Jessie back.. but Mark was definatley relieved yesterday when the sentance was handed down. Justice is almost served.

Kevin, Thanks for the sites. I was asking folks last night who have lived here awhile about this. I know some states really drag their feet when it comes to execution.

Aug 24, 2007 11:47 PM #9
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Lysa Napolitano
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Carol, you do not sound crass to me. He took Jessie's life and innocence at the tender age of 9, I wish he never made it this far in jail.

Ines, In talking with Mark last spring, I know it will help ease some of his pain. I doubt he will ever have full closure though.

Aug 24, 2007 11:50 PM #10
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
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Kim, If you go to this post A Trip To Leesburg Bike Fest & Mark Lunsfordyou will see on the back of "Jessie's Ride" it says Eye 4 An Eye. I've always thought that was appropriate myself. Especially when it comes to child killers.
Aug 24, 2007 11:52 PM #11
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The story had a terrible ending and those on the police offenders list do not like being watched but their behavior put themselves there, and we are not going to take our eyes off them.  His sentence was very kind considering it takes years to finalize the verdict.  Nice post.
Sep 02, 2007 01:09 PM #12
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
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Anonymous, Thank you for coming by and commenting. Thank you for keeping your eyes on those monsters too, who cares that they don't like being watched. You are right, Coueys sentence is kind. I'd like to see him out in general population myself.
Sep 02, 2007 01:13 PM #13
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