Branstad says he supports limited death penalty, but Iowa push unlikely

'Not likely to happen' in present Legislature, governor says

April 1, 2014 | 3:10 am

Gov. Terry Branstad said he supports the death penalty under certain circumstances, but its unlikely hell push for its reinstatement in Iowa.

My position has been consistently, for the last 20 or 30 years, that if an individual is guilty of a crime such as first-degree rape or kidnapping and then murders the victim, so two Class A felonies that is the limited instance when I think the death penalty could be appropriate, he said during a Statehouse news conference Monday.

I also recognize the political realities, and under the present makeup of the General Assembly, thats not likely to happen, he said.

Iowa repealed the death penalty in 1965. Some lawmakers have begun calling for its reinstatement after hunters discovered the bodies of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her cousin, 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey, in a wooded area in rural Bremer County. The girls had been missing since this summer.

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