The third inmate in the United States this week was executed on Saturday by federal authorities, according to the Des Moines Register.
This week, three sentences were carried out at once, the first executions at the Federal level in the past 17 years.
On Saturday, 52-year-old Dustin Honken, who set up a meth ring in Iowa about 30 years ago and killed five people, including two children, was executed by hanging. This was the first execution of an Iowa resident in 50 years for a crime committed in this state, which abolished capital punishment in 1965. Since the sentence was handed down by a Federal court, it is now possible to execute it.
The next execution is scheduled for August 28, his fate awaits Keith Duane Nelson, who kidnapped and raped a ten-year-old girl.
Since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the use of the death penalty, more than 1.5 thousand prisoners have been executed in American prisons. Of these, only three were subject to Federal jurisdiction. Currently, there are about 60 people sentenced to capital punishment in Federal prisons.