The death penalty is served in certain states for certain crimes. An inmate may wait on death row for a number of years, until his/her execution, which is most likely lethal injection, but in some states, the inmate may choose the electric chair.

Notable People Who Received It

  • Paul Sandig from "Savages". Sandig killed a detective who pursued him for money laundering.
  • Frederick Scannel from "Atonement". Scannel ordered a murder for a witness to his drug business.
  • Mitch Regan from "Teenage Wasteland". Regan and four friends called a Chinese delivery man where Regan beat the man to death and stole the Chinese food. 
  • Adam Grafton from "Pursuit". Grafton was a serial rapist/killer who murdered 44 women in Virginia and New York. His last victim was Sonya Paxton who bit him causing DNA to track it down to him. He received a federal death penalty for all 44 murders.

People Who Almost Received It

  • Daniel Otum and two others almost received it in "Tragedy on Rye" for their involvement in the murder of an actress for her possessions. But it was discovered someone else committed it over drugs, and therefore, all charges were dismissed against the three whilst the real murderer was executed.
  • Latiff Miller from "Burn Baby Burn". Miller shot Jay Kersey, a police officer in self-defense. He was found not guilty.
  • Leon Vorgitch from "Deadlock (L&O)". Leon had murdered five people in Midtown, 1995, but was unable to receive the death penalty due to the legislature deciding not to permit it on account of its illegality. However, after he escaped from prison a second time and murdered eight more people (two policemen, a gun dealer, a school teacher and four children), he was executed by the father of one of the children he murdered.

Behind the Scenes

New York state has not executed anyone since 1963; in 1965 the death penalty was restricted to murder of a police officer and then declared unconstitutional in the collective overturning of death penalty legislation as a part of Furman vs. Georgia (1972). It was restored in 1995, but there were no executions before the New York Court of Appeals overturned the law as unconstitutional in 2004 (People v. LaValle) and the last death row prisoner got his sentence commuted in 2007; the following year the death row equipment was removed.

The United Kingdom conducted its final execution in 1964 - the death penalty for murder was abolished the following year in England, Scotland and Wales. The last death sentence in Northern Ireland was in 1973 for the murder of a British soldier; the sentence was commuted by the then Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw and the conviction was quashed on appeal in 2012. The final crimes for which death penalty was an option (such as treason) had their death penalty abolished in 1998.

Typical of a former Communist state, Russia has had a moratorium on capital punishment since 1996.