According to a recently published Commonwealth of Pennsylvania web site press release, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell has officially signed the warrant for the execution of 23-year-old Ramon Sanchez, ending any type of possible appeal.
Sanchez was convicted in 2003 for the murder of 67-year-old Lloyd Gehret of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sanchez committed the crime back in 2001.
As of right now, Sanchez is set to be executed by lethal injection on November 15, 2007 at the prison he is being contained at.
As previously stated, Sanchez, a former New York City native, was found guilty back in 2003. His death sentence was set in March of 2003 when a Lehigh County jury unanimously decided that Sanchez plotted Gehret’s murder and killed him in his small Allentown, Pennsylvania apartment back in 2001. Pictures of Gehret’s blood splattered apartment were shown to jurors just prior to making their decision.
Evidence showed that Sanchez beat the elderly man with a hammer, stabbed him with a screwdriver, and finally cut his neck with a utility knife all while the victim was remodeling his appartment. The then 19-year-old Sanchez had just moved to Allentown a few months before.
On June 12, 2007, Sanchez received an official stay of execution. This only happened because he petitioned the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District for appointment of a federal habeas corpus counsel.
Due to a strict Pennsylvania law, it was required that Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell sign the new warrant for Sanchez’s excution by lethal injection date for November 15, 2007. Governor Rendell signed the petition just recently on September 18, 2007.
To date, Governor Rendell has signed a total of 73 death warrants since he has been in the office of Pennsylvania governor. The governor before Rendell signed a total of 220 death warrants during his time in office.
Currently, anyone is free to write Ramon Sanchez up until the date of his execution as part of www.deathrow-usa.us and their pen pal program. The 23-year-old Sanchez describes himself as being a peaceful person who enjoys reading, writing, painting, and martial arts. His mailing address is: Ramon Sanchez. 175 Progress Drive. Waynesburg, PA. 15370.
According to the Governor’s official web site, “The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: www.governor.state.pa.us”
State.PA.US. “Governor Rendell Signs Execution Warrant for Ramon Sanchez.” http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?Q=467652&A=11