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According to 11Alive.com, A Vietnam veteran convicted of killing a deputy from Laurens County, Georgia was executed on Tuesday.
Andrew Brannan died by lethal injection at 8:33 p.m., according to authorities.
Around 7:45 p.m., the United States Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Brannan. Earlier on Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court also denied a request for a stay of execution.
According to CBS News, Brannan was convicted of shooting and killing Deputy Kyle Dinkheller during a 1998 traffic stop. Supporters of the veteran had argued that his life should have been spared because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A clemency hearing held Monday was 66-year-old Andrew Brannan’s last hope for escaping execution. In the end, his defense failed to convince Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles that his death sentence should be commuted to life in prison, based on the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) his defense team says he suffered after his military service in the Vietnam war.
Brannan’s family was “profoundly disappointed,” according to a statement released by the family’s attorneys. While conceding that “[t]he death of Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller was a terrible tragedy,” the statement read, “Executing a 66-year old decorated Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal record who was seriously ill at the time of the crime only compounds the tragedy.”
Unfortunately, anyone who watches the video above will probably have little sympathy for Brannan.
Last November, with a noose around his neck and fearing deportation, Vietnam veteran Fredy Gutierrez threatened to leap from a ramp at Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 595 during morning rush hour.
Thousands of motorists were stuck on the highways because of Gutierrez’s very public and dramatic statement.
“He doesn’t want to hurt anyone,” Teresa Gutierrez said of her husband of 11 years. “He just wants to live out his life in this country.”
Gutierrez has claimed that he had volunteered to join the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam at age 17. Today, after having lived in the United States for more than 47 years, Gutierrez said authorities want to deport him to his native Colombia because of a criminal history that dates to 1974.
“I was always under the impression that after serving honorably and pledge allegiance to the flag, I was a U.S. citizen,” Gutierrez says in a grim video, which ends with Gutierrez instructing viewers to contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on his behalf.