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Governor Corbett Signs Execution Warrants For Orlando Maisonet, Abraham Sanchez Jr. And Freeman May

Based on the similarities of the cases, including the weapon and the remote Lebanon County location, police focused their investigation on May. In 1990, May was arrested and charged with killing Fair.

During his trial, both May's brother and wife testified that he had confessed to each of them separately that he had murdered a girl by stabbing her and burying her body with brush in the woods. A jail house informant also testified that May admitted to him that he "did it.''

May was convicted in Lebanon County Court and sentenced to death in March 1991. The sentence was reversed by an appeals court, but after a second penalty phase hearing, May was again sentenced to death in December 1995. Once again, an appeals court vacated the sentence, and yet again, after a third penalty phase, May was sentenced to death in October 2008.

May, now 55, is scheduled to be executed on March 5.

Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection. With these three warrants, signed Wednesday, Corbett has now signed 24 execution warrants.

For more information about the death penalty process in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Corrections website at www.cor.state.pa.us

Media contactJanet Kelley, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116 Susan McNaughton, Dept. of Corrections, 717-728-4025

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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