A woman was executed Wednesday for strangling a pregnant mother and cutting the child out of her womb, with her death being the first federal execution of a female prisoner since 1953.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, received a lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Montgomery had been sentenced for brutally murdering 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, Missouri, in 2004. After strangling the eight-months-pregnant Stinnett, she used a kitchen knife to cut Stinnett's child out of her womb and kidnapped the child.
Thanks to the Amber Alert system, the child – Victoria – was safely recovered and reunited with her father.
Montgomery's defense team, which made several attempts to appeal the death sentence, had cited childhood sexual abuse and mental illness as a reason for her violence. Federal prosecutors, however, alleged that Montgomery was faking mental illness, pointing out the careful premeditated planning, including gaining access to Stinnett's home and searching online for how to conduct a C-section.
🔦 Montgomery was the the 11th prisoner to receive a lethal injection at the facility since President Trump resumed federal executions in July.