DENVER - A decision by Gov. John Hickenlooper to grant a reprieve to condemned Chuck E. Cheese killer Nathan Dunlap has stirred emotional reaction on social media.
Dunlap was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by a Colorado jury. We was slated to be executed by lethal injection in August.
Dunlap was a 19-year-old former employee when he walked into a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora in 1993 at closing time and shot five people in the head, before taking $1,500 from a safe. Three teenagers and a mother of two died. One person survived the shooting. Dunlap had recently been fired from the restaurant.
After Hickenlooper announced his decision to grant Dunlap a reprieve, Twitter lit up with comments.
@denverchannel The Gov is so Wrong. Has he forgotten theHorrible crime & the innocent victims???— Barbara A. Taylor (@Bataylor27) May 23, 2013
@denverchannel what the governor did today shows the will of one man places over the will of the people, the system, the court, and the jury— Mark (@wormlikemass) May 23, 2013
@denverchannelIn support of the gov's decision to grant a temporary stay of execution.Not all Coloradans support this barbaric practice— DeutschLehrer (@DeutschLehrer) May 22, 2013
.@hickforco well done. The death penalty isn't justice, it's revenge.— Larry Darrell (@MrXex) May 23, 2013
@denverchannel Unbelievable so it's ok to murder people then u just live in jail on the taxpayers dime for the rest of ur life what a joke!!— Lori Golden (@Zapmom) May 22, 2013
@hickforco You are a brave man, Gov. Hickenlooper. Thank you for standing up to confront the flawed and ineffective death penalty system.— Jillian Keenan (@JillianKeenan) May 22, 2013
Facebook users had even more to say, with more than 700 comments left on our post announcing the governor's decision.
Ryan Stoops wrote, "Great job Hick. Your recent decisions will guarantee early retirement from politics."
Justine Gomez: "What a slap in the face to not only his victims, but those who had to sit on that jury and make the tough decision to put him to death for his crimes. Shame on the governor! Very disappointed."
Janice Puckette: "Cloud What is the point of a trial when the governor won't execute the sentencing???" How is this justice????
Dan Castle: "Why should taxpayers have to pay to prolong the life of any convicted murderer. I think it's ridiculous ! ! ! Our prisons are already overfilled."
Johnny Kenville: "What’s the point of having the judge and jury sit through an extensive trial, make the decisions they did, have appeals exhausted to then have someone that did not sit in on the trail make these decisions?"
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