Death Row Inmate To Be Sentenced Again Man Kidnapped Two Idaho Children
Death Row Inmate To Be Sentenced Again Man Kidnapped Two Idaho Children POSTED: 1:05 am PST November 3, 2008
BOISE, Idaho -- Convicted child-killer Joseph Duncan will be sentenced Monday on seven federal counts connected to the 2005 kidnapping and sexual exploitation of two Idaho children.
Duncan's already been sentenced to die for the kidnapping, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.
The seven other counts include the kidnapping and sexual assault of the boy's sister, as well as firearms charges and transportation of a stolen vehicle across state lines.
The two children were taken from their Coeur d'Alene home, where their mother, older brother and a third person were found slain in May 2005. Dylan Groene was shot at a Montana campsite but the girl was later rescued in Idaho.
Duncan is a convicted pedophile and prosecutors are seeking three life prison sentences.
Joseph Duncan is appealing his death sentence to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Duncan stood silent when the sentence was handed down in August, after he pleaded guilty to all charges. His terse notice of appeal gives no reason for his decision.
Duncan was sentenced to death 3 times for the 2005 kidnapping, sexual exploitation and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene. He also received 3 life terms in federal prison for kidnapping and molesting Dylan and his then-8-year-old sister, Shasta Groene, who survived.
"I'm really not surprised – I expected it would come," U.S. Attorney Tom Moss said, noting that most death sentences are appealed.
"They'll have to point to the things they claim were in error. … I think Judge (Edward) Lodge did a fine job, I think he was very careful throughout the process, and I think that in spite of the nasty stuff we were dealing with and the strange things that happened with him choosing to represent himself and all that, I think the judge handled it well."
Moss added, "I'm not greatly concerned about what will happen on appeal, but of course you never know. Nobody can say for sure what's going to happen."
Like anyone given a federal death sentence, Duncan has the right to one federal appeal.
Duncan, 45, also has received 6 life terms on state charges for murdering the children's mother, their 13-year-old brother and their mother's fiance at the family's Wolf Lodge Bay home. He's not appealing that sentence, which came under a plea bargain.
Duncan's notice says he's appealing "the final and amended judgments entered in this case, including (but not limited to) the convictions, the death sentences, the non-death sentences, and all prior rulings and orders." It was filed by his three federally appointed standby attorneys, who declined to comment.
Riverside County, Calif., officials are in the process of extraditing Duncan to California to face another possible death penalty for the 1997 kidnapping and slaying of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez.
(source: Spokesman Review)
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Convicted child killer: 'What I was doing was insane'
Story Created: Nov 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM MST
BOISE - Convicted child killer and rapist Joseph Duncan says executing him will be "a crime far worse than my own."
Duncan filed an affidavit in federal court on Monday. In it, he says because all other filings came from attorneys, he felt it was in his best interest to state his position. He says he has no intentions of preventing his execution and that it was his intention to let Shasta Groene go and surrender himself to police.
"I will say that while on the mountain with Shasta, I 'realized' that what I was doing was 'insane' so I stopped doing it," Duncan says. "I could also say that I woke up to the miracle of life and died to the deception of death."
Last summer, Duncan was sentenced to death for killing Shasta's brother, Dylan. Duncan also killed members of the Groene family and kidnapped the two children in 2005.
"I have learned that the true heinousness of my crimes was far worse than merely murdering children; it was murdering the Living Truth within my being," Duncan says. "This is why I have said in open court that 'you people really don't have any clue yet of the true heinousness of what I have done' because if you did you could not possibly be so eager to do the same thing yourselves."
Duncan could still face murder charges in California.
"Rape and murder are no more than symptoms of the one true crime; the crime of denying the truth within ourselves," Duncan says.
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