Honken execution date set for 2020

A former Britt man, convicted in October of 2004 for the 1993 murders of five people, is scheduled for execution on Jan. 15, 2020. Dustin Lee Honken, 51, will be one of five federal inmates to be executed in December of 2019 or January 2020.

In a press release on Thursday, July 25, Attorney General William P. Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol - clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse.

Attorney General Barr directed the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society - children and the elderly.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding.

The Justice Department upholds the rule of law - and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

The press release said each of these inmates exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies, and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions, which will take place at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana.

Honken is scheduled for execution on Jan. 15, 2020.

Read the complete story in the July 31 Leader.