AG Tom Horne on Upcoming Execution of Kid-Killing Rapist Richard Stokley: Hurry Up

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A Federal appeals court today upheld the death sentence for kid-killing rapist Richard Stokley. No execution date has been set, but Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne doesn't want to see Stokley's date with death delayed any further.

"The date for Stokley's sentence to be carried out has not been set, but I am hopeful that this killer will be brought to justice without excessive delay from the federal system," Horne says. "The families of the victims deserve to see justice in a timely manner."

Stokley was convicted of the brutal 1991 rapes and murders of two girls, Mandy Meyers and her friend Mary Snyder, each just 13 years old.

The two girls were camping with friends in the small town of Elfrida, about 80 miles southeast of Tucson.

The girls were lured or abducted from the campsite, taken to a remote area where they were raped, beaten, and stabbed to death. Their bodies were then thrown into a partly flooded mine shaft.

Stokley's accomplice, then-19-year-old Randy Brazeal, told his father about the murders the next day and surrendered to police. Brazeal told the cops Stokley had forced him to participate in the rapes and murders, although, Stokley maintains his accomplice was a willing participant.

Brazeal accepted a plea deal from the Cochise County Attorney's Office -- he admitted guilt to two counts of second degree murder and accepted a sentence of 20 years.

Stokley is one of 24 Arizona prison inmates who've been on death row for at least 20 years.

According to the DOC's 2010 Operating Per Capita Cost Report, it costs taxpayers $66.90 a day ($24,418 a year) to house, feed, and care for a single inmate in the Browning Unit of the Eyman Prison, where death-row inmates are housed. That's about $6 more than the $60.59 average for all units in the prison system.

Multiply $24,418 by the 24 inmates who've spent more than 20 years on death row, and you'll see that Arizona spent $586,032 last year alone to house convicted murderers who've spent more than two decades waiting to be executed.

Again, that's last year alone -- and it's only about 20 percent of the Death Row population. When you look at all of death row, Arizona taxpayers spent $3,174,405 on cell space for convicted murderers last year as they attempt to cheat court-ordered executions.

"Stokley was eligible for the death penalty because the victims were minors, Stokley committed multiple murders, and he committed the crimes in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner," Horne continues. "The panel rejected Stokley's appeal claim that his sentencing counsel had been ineffective."

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Nansea
Nansea

Just found Execution date for Richard Stokley December 5, 2012.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Why am I not surprised? Horne and his associates are a heartless lot.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I was in the courtroom in Bisbee when Judge Matt Boroweic pronounced sentence on this piece of garbage and his accomplice. Randy Brazeal had best stay a loooong way from Elfrida. The best way to deal with garbage such as Richard Stokley is to put him in the main yard. That would be a lot faster - and cheaper - than a long stretch on death row.

MrGuestDog
MrGuestDog

I am kind of shocked. Normally, PNTs would insert a liberal opinion. What is your opinion of Capital Punishment Mr King? What is the PNT's opinion?

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

How odd is it that the state of Arizona put Morton Berger in prison for 200 YEARS for having 20 pictures of child pornography that he downloaded onto his computer. He never touched anyone, never knew who the people in the pictures were. Just an old man getting off looking at some really dirty pictures..the guy in this article helped murder and brutally rape two little girls..what is it Arizona is trying to say????? Dont fantasize about it, do it and then murder them, otherwise we will give you life!!

Eleanor
Eleanor

"Brazeal accepted a plea deal from the Cochise County Attorney's Office -- he admitted guilt to two counts of second degree murder and accepted a sentence of 20 years." 

Mr. King, has this guy, Brazeal, been released do you know?

teknik1200
teknik1200

they have stated their position before.

pattyhan56
pattyhan56

yes . Brazeal was Released 7-02-11. this is mandys mom

James King
James King

I think he has. I looked him up on the AZ DOC website and he's no longer in their database. 

Nansea
Nansea

@pattyhan56 want you to know the Feds are going to execute by the end of the year. I was married to Richard he raped me and try to kill me before I escaped.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Thank you.  He is a registered sex offender, right?

pattyhan56
pattyhan56

@tommy collins.. The Judge court dismissed all the other charges.. 2 cts of 2nd degree.. thats it..

pattyhan56
pattyhan56

No, Eleanor, he didnt have to register.. they never used the DNA the judge ordered.. he was givin 20 flat.. put in for a 30 day speedy trial.. of cource with a pay off for the C.A.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Thanks Tommy.  Something didn't sound right about this.  Nope, this isn't good for any community. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Brazeal admitted guilt to two counts of second degree murder and accepted a sentence of 20 years. But he avoided charges of kidnapping and rape.Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12new... it appears he plead guilty to two murders, but no sex offenses. I searched the state sex offender data base by name and didn't get a match.Also, the community notification law did not become effective until June 1, 1996. It appears he pleaded guilty in 1991. It also appears he was released in July of 2011. Not good for any community.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Good question. It may turn out that the crime occurred before sex offender registration laws were in place in Arizona.

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