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Tennessee Set to Electrocute “Model Prisoner” After Governor Denies Clemency

HeadlineFeb 20, 2020

In Nashville, Tennessee, 58-year-old Nicholas Todd Sutton is scheduled to be electrocuted to death this evening, after Governor Bill Lee declined to halt his planned execution. Sutton was convicted of three murders in 1979 and later sentenced to death for fatally stabbing a prisoner in 1985. Seven current and former Tennessee prison workers have called for clemency for Sutton, saying he reformed to become a model prisoner. One of them, retired prison guard Tony Eden, says Sutton intervened to save his life during a prison riot in 1985. Unless tonight’s execution is stopped, Sutton will become the fifth Tennessee prisoner to be killed by electric chair since 2018.

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