Enoch Hall, 40, murdered Donna Fitzgerald in June 2008. A jury recommended Hall get the death penalty and, Friday, a judge agreed.
Hall waited in a work shed that day in June 2008. Fitzgerald had to come find him and, when she did, he pulled out a sheet metal shank and stabbed her in the heart.
As so often happens in these cases, the reason for the maximum sentence is explained.
"I'm just so relieved. It's what everybody has wanted. It's the justice she deserves. It's shocking, it's almost surreal that it's actually happening," said Dana Shaure, the victim's sister.
Inside the courtroom, about two dozen corrections officers were sitting along with Fitzgerald's siblings and there were tears all around. Officers’ jaws were trembling as Fitzgerald's killer was sentenced to death.
Fitzgerald's family did not hold back in telling the judge what they thought Hall's sentence should be.
“Immediate death. Immediate. If it could be at noon time today, I’d be thrilled. I’d be ecstatic,” said Donald Shaure, the victim’s brother.
While the true motive for the sentence was expedience, the family quotes are all about vengeance dressed up as justice. It's ironic that supporters of the death penalty, usually conservative folks, are unabashedly basing their opinions on emotion. The family and the colleagues of the victim want payback, an eye for an eye.
The judge and the State have a more calculating agenda. Like any dangerous animal, Enoch Hall needs to be put down. He's just too dangerous. The only problem with that is Enoch is one of us. He's not an animal. And as convenient as it will be, killing him is wrong.
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