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    Corey Johnson - Federal Execution - January 14, 2021

    Summary of Offense:

    Members of an inner-city gang in Richmond, Virginia, Corey Johnson, James H. Roane, Jr. and Richard Tipton were sentenced to death in February 1993 for their participation in a series of drug-related murders.

    Johnson was sentenced to death for the murders of Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Linwood Chiles, Louis Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Bobby Long, Douglas Talley and Curtis Thorne.

    Execution dates were set for the three co-defendants in May 2006, but the executions have been stayed because of a challenge to the lethal injection process.

    For more on Roane, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...ighlight=roane

    For more on Tipton, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...eral-Death-Row

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    You guys think that these will be the next ones to go if Barr is lucky enough to execute the upcoming four in the Summer? These 3 should be prioritized they’ve languished on death row 14 years after their appeals were exhausted and were stayed due to the lethal injection controversy then.
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    The 4th circuit is more pro criminal than they used to be....

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    February 17, 1993

    U.S. JURY ORDERS DEATH FOR 3 VA. DRUG DEALERS

    By Robert F. Howe
    The Washington Post

    Three drug dealers responsible for Richmond's worst murder rampage were sentenced to death by a federal jury yesterday, the first time the federal death penalty for drug-related offenses has been used in Virginia, and the second time nationwide.

    Only one other defendant, a man convicted of a drug-related slaying in Alabama, has been sentenced to death under a capital federal drug statute enacted in 1988. Federal juries determine sentences only in death penalty cases, and the sentences cannot be changed by a judge.

    Described by Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Vick Jr. as "mass murderers," Richard Tipton, 22, Cory Johnson, 24, and James H. Roane Jr., 26, headed a Richmond gang that killed 11 people in six weeks in an effort to expand its turf and quiet people suspected of giving information to police.

    During the four-week trial in U.S. District Court in Richmond, jurors heard about several brutal slayings in great detail. Few were more disturbing than the first, in which a gang member sitting in his car was stabbed with a 12-inch military knife more than 80 times in the neck, face and head.

    Three of the blows were so fierce, according to testimony, that the blade burst through the victim's skull. Tipton, who wielded the weapon while Roane restrained the victim from behind, once had to brace his feet against the car door to gain enough leverage to pry the weapon from the dying man's skull.

    "The inner-city crime problem is getting worse and worse . . . and this death penalty statute is our ultimate weapon," said U.S. Attorney Richard Cullen, whose office handled the case. "It's going to be used more and more. Citizens and government officials are going to demand it."

    Charles V. Guthrie, one of the jurors, said supporting the death penalty was "a very, very difficult decision, and a whole lot of prayer went into it. But with the severity of the killings, we felt that the death penalty was warranted."

    The jury deliberated for four days, Guthrie said, because so many legal factors had to be considered, not because the panelists were divided on their ultimate decision.

    Attorneys for the defendants said yesterday that they will appeal the sentences, arguing that there are flaws in the little-used statute.

    Craig S. Cooley, an attorney for Johnson, said the government had substantial evidence bolstering several murder charges, but he added: "I would think the intended use of the {death penalty} statute was to address Mafia-style circumstances. It was applied in this case to street-level dealers."

    The decision on the sentences came about two weeks after the three men were found guilty of conspiracy for their roles in a crack ring known as "the New York Boyz," which originated in New York, was transplanted to Trenton, N.J., and moved in 1991 to Richmond, home town to Tipton's stepfather.

    The group regularly purchased cocaine from New York and drove to Richmond, where members "cooked" the substance into crack and set up a distribution network based in the city's Newtowne neighborhood, a low-income area.

    Tipton, also known as "Whitey," was billed by prosecutors as the gang's leader and was convicted of 20 of 26 charges, including six counts alleging that he killed or ordered killed a half-dozen Richmond residents who crossed paths with the gang last year.

    Johnson and Roane were convicted of 27 and 15 counts, respectively, including murders. A fourth defendant, Sandra Reavis, was found guilty of a single count of conspiracy and will be sentenced April 14. Reavis, who was not charged with any of the murders, faces at least 10 years in prison without parole.

    Among their convictions, Tipton, Johnson and Roane were found guilty of operating a criminal drug enterprise. Concerned over growing urban violence stemming from the dramatic increase in the crack cocaine trade in the late 1980s, Congress amended criminal enterprise statutes in 1988 to allow a prosecutor to seek the death penalty in cases in which dealers were also guilty of drug-related slayings.

    Prosecutors must notify the defendants before trial and secure approval from the U.S. attorney general before seeking the death penalty. Late last year, the Justice Department and the federal Bureau of Prisons established lethal injection at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas as the method of execution.

    The last federal execution was in 1963, when a man was hanged in Iowa in a kidnapping case. At the time, federal executions used the method of the state in which the crime was committed.

    Nineteen defendants nationwide have been charged under the 1988 statute, and nine have been convicted, only one of whom received the death penalty. David R. Chandler, an Alabama marijuana dealer sentenced to death in 1991, is now appealing the decision.

    Trials in such cases are conducted in two phases -- the first to determine guilt, and the second to determine whether the defendants should serve life in prison or be executed.

    Andrew McBride, a federal prosecutor in Virginia and a specialist in death penalty law, said the new law was intended in part to protect law enforcement officers investigating drug cases in which dealers know they face 20 years or more in prison and feel they have little to lose by resisting arrest.

    "When you're sending someone out to arrest a drug dealer, who is generally armed and who is looking at 30 or 40 years for a jail term, I think the death penalty could make him think before he becomes violent," McBride said.

    Prosecutors in the Tipton case sought the death penalty because of the extreme violence of the gang and evidence that even after the group members were arrested and imprisoned, they were attempting to order underlings who were still free to commit more murders.

    Last week, prisoners from the Richmond jail testified that after Tipton, Johnson and Roane were arrested, they threatened to kill again. Douglas Cunningham, serving 10 years on a cocaine conviction, said Roane tried to send a message to a woman saying "he would give her $10,000 if she didn't testify against him, and said there was a $10,000 hit out on her if she did."

    The woman testified and is now in hiding in the federal witness protection program.

    Among the violent murders, according to testimony, a man was fatally stabbed after he was shot inside a house and dove through an open window in an attempt to escape. Roane caught up with him in the yard and stabbed him 18 times, evidence showed.

    A woman who owed the gang a few hundreds dollars in a drug debt was fatally shot in her cousin's home. Two men who were in the house and unrelated to the drug ring also were fatally shot.

    In another incident, a man was shot 15 times and killed because a gang member thought he had had sex with the gang member's girlfriend.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...-89d1bd0d8e37/

    CBS video on Sentencing.

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    Rest of the article is propaganda but it mentions that Barr is going after these three.


    Richard Tipton, 50, James H. Roane Jr., 54, and Cory Johnson, 51, were members of the notorious Newtowne gang tried in federal court in Richmond in early 1993 for their roles in a brief but bloody campaign in which at least 10 people, all African American, in the Richmond area were slain in about 45 days.

    Roane is from Richmond; Johnson and Tipton are from New York. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge in Washington to lift an injunction that has been blocking their executions, said one of their lawyers, Paul F. Enzinna, of Washington.

    https://richmond.com/news/virginia/w...b8a0fc014.html
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    Stay of execution VACATED by District of Columbia United States District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan (Obama).

    https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin...2019mc0145-265

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    Execution date set: January 14, 2021.

    Source: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cn8...6hDG1iw2r/view

    Cory Johnson murdered seven people — Peyton Johnson, Louis Johnson, Bobby Long, Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Linwood Chiles, and Curtis Thorne — in furtherance of his drug-trafficking activities. Between 1989 and July 1992, Johnson and several co-conspirators, including federal death-row inmates Richard Tipton and James Roane, were partners in a large drug-trafficking conspiracy based in Richmond, Virginia. In early 1992, Johnson went on a killing spree, shooting and killing each of the seven victims for perceived slights or rivalry in the drug trade. Johnson shot one victim at close range after ordering him to place his head on a car steering wheel. Johnson shot and killed another victim at the victim’s home when he failed to pay for crack cocaine — and Johnson also murdered the victim’s sister and a male acquaintance. In February 1993, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found Johnson guilty of numerous federal offenses, including seven counts of capital murder, and unanimously recommended seven death sentences, which the court imposed. Johnson’s convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal more than 24 years ago, and his initial round of collateral challenges failed 15 years ago. Johnson’s execution initially was scheduled to occur in May 2006, but a preliminary injunction prevented the government from proceeding until it was vacated this September. Johnson is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Jan. 14, 2021, at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/execu...many-years-ago
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    I hope there will be time to execute Tipton and Roane as well.

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    Article with some good details. Retread info has been left out.

    August 12, 2019

    Richmonder on federal death row reacts to plan to resume executions: 'We were all really surprised'

    By Frank Green
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Last month’s announcement that the U.S. government would resume executions after a 16-year pause caught the residents of federal death row, like the rest of the country, unaware.

    “We were all really surprised here! We still are,” wrote inmate James H. Roane Jr., of Richmond. “We learned that they would start up executions again just like everyone else — through the news,” he added.

    Roane, 53, was a member of a short-lived, frenetically homicidal crack cocaine operation in Richmond, dubbed the Newtowne gang. He and two other gang members, Cory Johnson, 50, and Richard Tipton, 49, were sentenced to death in 1993 amid the city’s deadliest decade in modern history.

    The three are now the longest-serving inmates on federal death row. Execution dates were set last month for five other federal inmates, but it could be years, if ever, before Roane, Tipton and Johnson have dates set in light of a lawsuit pending in Washington.

    All three also have life sentences, and the public will be protected whether or not they are executed, said Howard C. “Toby” Vick Jr., who helped prosecute them as an assistant U.S. attorney. “Had they ever seen the streets again, I don’t have any doubt that they would continue to kill,” he said.

    “It was an extremely violent group, an exclamation point on the crack violence of the ’80s and early ’90s when Richmond was awash in murders,” said Vick, now a partner at McGuireWoods.

    • • •

    From 1988 to 1997, Richmond’s homicide toll topped 100 victims per year, peaking in 1994 at 160, making the city one of the deadliest per capita in the country. In early 1992, Johnson, Tipton and Roane took things to a new level, committing 11 murders in 45 days.

    The gang’s victims included suspected snitches, rival dealers and those who had disrespected a gang partner. Some were stabbed, one 85 times. Some were shot, one 16 times. And at least one was shot and stabbed.

    They were indicted in April 1992, charged in the slaying of 10 people. An 11th homicide attributed to the gang was not prosecuted.

    Testimony showed that the conspiracy began in Trenton, N.J., where Johnson and Tipton, of New York City, joined. It expanded to Richmond, where Roane joined in late 1991, operating in part in the Newtowne area, a tiny section of the Carver neighborhood.

    The gang wanted to control the crack trade in the Jackson Ward, Gilpin Court and Carver areas. The gang obtained powdered cocaine from New York, cooked it into crack, packaged it and then distributed it through 30 to 40 street-level dealers.

    Each man was convicted of conducting a continuing criminal enterprise and they became the second, third and fourth persons in the country sentenced to death under a law enacted in 1988 against murder in the furtherance of a drug kingpin conspiracy.

    The trial was one of the largest, if not the largest, federal death-penalty conspiracy cases since the Lincoln assassination trial. The jury imposed the death sentences on Feb. 16, 1993, after 22 hours of deliberations spread over four days.

    Vick said, “It’s a very serious thing, to ask for the death penalty against people. But it’s something that we thought was appropriate in these circumstances, given just the violence that they brought with them.”

    “They were extremely dangerous ... the two most violent, to my memory, were Tipton and Johnson,” he said. “Even the psychiatrist called by the defense noted they were veritable killing machines.”

    • • •

    Roane has maintained he did not kill Douglas Moody, the murder for which he received a death sentence. Moody, 36, of the 1300 block of West Catherine Street, was shot and stabbed just after midnight on Jan. 13, 1992.

    In response to questions from the Richmond Times-Dispatch via an electronic message service for federal inmates, Roane asserted: “I am innocent of the Moody killing! And I can prove it if I can just get into the courts again!”

    About 60 inmates are on the federal government’s death row at the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Roane was the only one of seven inmates who was sentenced to death in federal courts in Virginia to respond to requests for comment from The Times-Dispatch.

    In a message this week, he wrote, “I am not the young man I used to be back then. Yes, I’ve made some Bad choices in my young life!”

    Roane added, “I am truly sorry about that all! And I don’t say that because I am looking for anything or anyone to feel bad or sad for me! I am just a changed man who really wants to help our trouble youth out there who grew up like me!”

    “I am truly hoping that those I may have hurt or harmed in any way one day forgive me! Yes I know and understand that a lot of them could still be upset or mad to this day.”

    U.S. District Judge James Spencer tossed out Roane’s conviction in the Moody slaying in 2003. However, in 2004 a federal appeals court reversed Spencer and affirmed Roane’s death sentence. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeals of all three.

    In a 2010 court pleading, the Innocence Network wrote that “Roane consistently has asserted his innocence for Mr. Moody’s murder and, at trial, presented some evidence indicating the actual killer was ... a violent young drug dealer.” New evidence conclusively proves that the other drug dealer killed Moody because he owed the dealer money for drugs, contends the organization.

    Sam Spital, director of litigation for the NAACP Legal defense and Educational Fund, said, “There isn’t any transparency about why the government sets execution dates for which people when.”

    But, he said, none of the five with execution dates are among the half dozen plaintiffs — who include Roane, Johnson and Tipton — in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Washington challenging the legality of the government’s lethal injection protocol.

    Execution dates for the Newtowne gang members had been set for May 2006, but the federal judge hearing the case in Washington put their executions on hold.

    When the suit was filed in 2005 the federal government, like most states, had a three-drug execution procedure. However, the scarcity of manufactured drugs for use in executions in recent years has forced some states, like Virginia, to turn to secret pharmacies that compound the drugs.

    Some states now just use one drug, and last month the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons announced a new execution protocol that calls for only using pentobarbital.

    The government said that since 2010, 14 states have used pentobarbital in more than 200 executions, and federal courts have upheld its use in executions.

    Spital and other critics contend that lethal injection poses a substantial risk that an inmate could be tortured to death but cannot demonstrate or otherwise express pain because the drugs prevent them from doing so.

    He said the pending Washington case prevents the government from executing the plaintiffs while the court reviews the government’s protocol, including the new one for which authorities have not disclosed the source and quality of the drug or the way it will be administered.

    “By setting dates for [five] individuals not currently part of that case, the government is essentially seeking to circumvent the judicial review process,” Spital said.

    Among other things, the plaintiffs allege that the government, in adopting its execution protocols, violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act, which requires notice and an opportunity for comment.

    Paul Enzinna, a lawyer for Roane, and lawyers for the other plaintiffs, notified the court that they plan to file a motion to reopen discovery in the case by Aug. 26 in response to the new protocol involving pentobarbital announced by the government.

    “Since that drug was not used in the Old Protocol, all the discovery taken to date in this case regarding the provenance, efficacy, and safety of the drugs defendants intend to use to kill plaintiffs has been rendered moot,” wrote the lawyers.

    https://roanoke.com/z-no-digital/ric...ff19e1f1b.html
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