The first African American was executed in the United States after the 17-year moratorium was lifted

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The U.S. government executed the first African-American after a 17-year moratorium on the death penalty was lifted at the federal level. This was reported by WTHI TV channel.

Christopher Vialva, who was sentenced to death for the murder of a young married couple of Christian activists in Texas in 1999, was executed.

The execution took place on September 24 at Terre Hot Prison in Indiana and was carried out by lethal injection. Medics recorded the death of Vialva at 6:46 p.m. local time.

On July 14, the first execution of a federally convicted offender in 17 years took place. Daniel Lewis Lee was charged with the murder of three people. He was executed through a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Hott, Indiana.

Lee’s execution was postponed more than once. In particular, on July 10, a U.S. federal judge suspended the resumption of executions because relatives of the victims, who were planning to attend the execution of the sentence, feared they would be infected with coronavirus.

Last time US federal authorities carried out execution in 2003. Since then, an unofficial moratorium has been in place – the death penalty was applied at the level of state authorities.

At present, about 60 people sentenced to death for especially grave crimes are in U.S. federal prisons.