Convicted Killer Says He's Ready To Die

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Robert McConnell says he's ready to die for killing his former girlfriend's fiance at her Sun Valley home.

In a handwritten motion filed with the court, McConnell said he wants to waive the automatic appeal of his death sentence.

"I accept this sentence and wish to proceed with that punishment,"McConnell said.

"I have caused the (victims') families enough grief already and I will not torment them any further with frivolous appeals.

"I want the record to be clear on this issue," he wrote. "I pleaded guilty because I am. I have always maintained that I will accept the consequences of my crimes. I do not wish to contribute to the'backlog,'if you will, of important appeals by filing a moot one."

During a hearing Tuesday, Washoe District Judge Steven Kosach said McConnell was competent to request the waiver, but said that decision would be up to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Under state law, the high court automatically reviews all death penalty cases.

McConnell, who has represented himself in court, pleaded guilty May 30 to shooting 25-year-old Brian Pierce two years ago.

After the shooting, McConnell raped his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped her to California, where she escaped. McConnell pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to two life prison terms.

During the penalty phase of his murder trial, he had told the jury that he would waive his appeals if it would ease the families' pain.

Kosach set McConnell's execution date for Dec. 8, but stayed that ruling so that the high court can consider McConnell's case.


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