She said she hoped her pending execution would not put a damper on the sister's holiday. At four, she was given to her maternal grandmother. Long history of violence Jagger and others said it was the overwhelming history of abuse that set Garcia on a tragic path. Garcia was bitterly disappointed and took months deciding her next move. January 8, 1996, Page 001008 The New York Times Archives After a lifetime of incest, rape, alcoholism and bloodshed, Guinevere A. When she was 18, desperate and drunk, she smothered her 11-month-old daughter. Garcia on death row at the Dwight Correctional Center, 60 miles southwest of Chicago.
Sunday, the lawyer faxed a letter to Edgar's home but the exact contents are unknown. Forty-six other women remain on death rows in 16 states, while only one woman, Velma Barfield, has actually died in recent years. On July 1, 2006, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was formed, which separated the adult and juvenile corrections systems. Garcia was first sent to death row, she fought to get off. When she was 6, one of her uncles would give her shots of whisky before raping her. Edgar last week joined gubernatorial colleagues in Maryland and Ohio who in recent years spared the lives of women who otherwise would have been executed for committing murders. Copyright © 1996 Cable News Network, Inc.
To serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization. Prison officials say Garcia will remain on death row for the time being. But to followers of capital punishment in the United States, the decision was not a surprise, since women appear to be held to different standards than men when it comes to implementing the ultimate criminal penalty. She numbed her soul with alcohol and sold her body for cash as a prostitute. At 16, her grandfather gave written permission for her to marry an Iranian immigrant seeking citizenship.
She is 33 years old, 5 ft. According to records not allowed in court, he brutally abused her. Garcia is Sister Miriam Wilson, a jailhouse chaplain, who has visited with her frequently. Beginning at 5, she says she was regularly raped by an uncle; at 10, she says, she was gang-raped. Garcia used a broken bottle to cut a two-inch wound in her genitalia.
Her father abandoned her, leaving her with her maternal grandparents. Most women sent to prison for murder have killed a family member. . Velma Barfield is the only woman put to death in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Amnesty International took up Garcia's case, even at a time when she was saying she would prefer to die rather than spend the next decade on death row while legal appeals worked their way through the federal courts.
Garcia has ended up on death row. She was found to be suffering from a severe borderline personality disorder. Garcia said she was ready to die and deserved to die, not only for the 1991 murder of her 60-year-old husband, but also for the smothering death of her 11-month-old baby Sarah in 1977. The 52-year-old woman was executed by injection in North Carolina in 1984 for poisoning her boyfriend. Jim Edgar asking that they ignore any legal or moral pleas by others to spare her life.
Since the current capital punishment statutes were enacted beginning in 1976, 111 women have been sentenced to death for committing murder. Once, according to court papers and the clemency petition, Mr. Garcia sent Sister Wilson a note. Governor Edgar has granted clemency to seven battered women convicted of murder but has never freed someone from death row. Guinevere Garcia, 35, is scheduled to be executed in Illinois on 17 January 1996.
According to defense attorneys, she has the choice of serving her sentence or conceivably appealing the sentence by claiming ineffective legal assistance. After serving 10 years in prison for murdering her child, she married one of her customers, George Garcia. Before she was 17, she went to work as a stripper. The group argued Garcia's life, which is filled with stories of rape, drug and alcohol abuse and forced marriage, put her in a mindset where she could not properly decide whether she wanted to live or die, and argued her execution would really have been a suicide, assisted by the Illinois Department of Corrections. But the day she shot him, they were fighting over money, and she had been drinking for hours.
It was nearly a joke in the business that for a woman to get executed she would have to be a volunteer, and that's what's happening now. Now, she spends her days writing farewell letters, knitting in her cell and telling her lawyer to fight for her right to die. At age 2, Garcia saw her mother commit suicide. Hair: Brown Sex: Female Height: 5 ft. Edgar downplays the gender factor, saying the other four women on death row in Illinois -- all of whom are about a decade away from exhausting legal appeals -- should not count on an automatic stay of execution. Garcia will be only the second woman executed in the United States since capital punishment resumed in 1977.