2012 Sentencing

Death Sentences in 2012

Each year, DPIC collects information on the number of death sentences in the United States. We contact state agencies, state death penalty organizations, death penalty litigators, and news articles to confirm the numbers. We only count the number of "new sentences," i.e., we do not recount individuals who were sentenced to death in a previous year, had their sentenced overturned, and were resentenced in the current year.  Sentences are only counted when a judge imposes the sentence, even though a jury may have returned a death verdict earlier. The number of new death sentences in 2012 was 77, the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. NOTE: This page was updated on December 10, 2013 to reflect the fact that Bryan Hall in Nevada was formally sentenced to death in 2013, not 2012.

Inmates Sentenced to Death in 2012

First Name Last Name State County Race
Marqueze  Smith AL Morgan B
Jessie  Phillips AL Marshall B
Clayton  Shanklin AL Walker B
Taurus  Carroll AL St. Clair B
Gregory Lance  Henderson AL Lee W
Derek Tyler  Horton AL Mobile W
Jerry D.  Lard AR Greene W
Michael  Carlson AZ Pima W
Andre  Leteve AZ Maricopa W
Jawaun Deion  Graham CA Riverside B
Sherhaun Kerod  Brown CA San Bernardino B
Michael  Hughes CA Los Angeles B
Earl Ellis Green CA Riverside B
Ryan  Moore CA Los Angeles B
Latece Megale  Brown CA Los Angeles B
Marco Antonio  Topete CA Yolo L
Eusibio  Fierros, Jr. CA Riverside L
Gabriel Ronquillo CA Los Angeles L
Pedro  Espinoza CA Los Angeles L
Manling  Williams* CA Los Angeles A
David  Mills CA Alameda B
Michael  Barbar CA Riverside O
Joshua Komisarjevsky CT New Haven W
Isaiah McCoy DE Kent B
Azibo Aquart Federal Fed. Dist. of Connecticut B
Billy Jim  Sheppard, Jr. FL Duval B
Terrance  Phillips FL Duval B
Terence Tabius  Oliver FL Brevard B
Arthur  Martin FL Duval B
Robert  McCloud FL Polk B
Tina  Brown* FL Escambia B
Marvin Cannon FL Gadsden B
Leon  Davis Jr.  FL Polk B
Humberto  Delgado, Jr. FL Hillsborough L
Thomas McCoy FL Walton W
Bill  Marquart FL Sumter W
John  Kalisz FL Hernando W
Gregory  Larkin FL Nassau W
David  Sparre FL Duval W
Carl  Dausch FL Sumter W
Johnny Mack Sketo Calhoun FL Holmes W
Patrick Evans FL Pinellas W
Timothy Wayne  Fletcher FL Putnam W
Dale  Middleton FL Okeechobee W
Robert  Hobart FL Santa Rosa W
William Roger  Davis III FL Seminole W
James  Robertson FL Charlotte W
Rodney  Young GA Newton B
Pablo Fernando  Maldonado GA Newton L
Robert McCoy LA Bossier Parish B
Chris Collings MO Phelps W
David Dickerson MS Copiah W
David Neal Cox, Sr. MS Union W
William Keck NV Clark W
Julius Bradford NV Clark B
Anthony Belton OH Lucas B
Caron E. Montgomery OH Franklin B
Joseph L. Thomas OH Lake W
Shaun Bosse OK McClain W
Derrick White PA Philadelphia B
Jakeem Towles PA Lancaster B
Melvin Knight PA Westmoreland B
George Hitcho, Jr. PA Northampton W
Michael  Parrish PA Monroe W
Christopher Johnson PA Adams W
Laquanta Chapman PA Chester B
Rodney Berget SD Minnehaha W
Rickey Bell TN Tipton B
Kwame Rockwell TX Tarrant B
Stanley Lamar Griffin TX Brazos B
Roderick Harris TX Dallas B
Terence Tramaine Andrus TX Ft. Bend B
Tyrone Cade TX Dallas B
Steven Nelson TX Tarrant B
Ricky Donnell Cummings TX Mclennan B
Mark Anthony Soliz TX Johnson L
Kimberly Cargill* TX Smith W

B = Black, W = White, L = Latino, A = Asian, O = Other
*Female (3)

Sources: State correctional departments, media reports, and "Death Row, USA"

Counties with Most Death Sentences in 2012

County Number of Sentences
Los Angeles County, California 6
Duval County, Florida 4
Riverside County, California 4
Clark County, Nevada 2
Dallas County, Texas 2
Newton County, Georgia 2
Polk County, Florida 2
Sumter County, Florida 2
Tarrant County, Texas 2

States with Most Death Sentences in 2012

State Number of Sentences
Florida 22
California 13
Texas
Pennsylvania 
Alabama
Ohio
Nevada 2
Arizona
Georgia
Mississippi

An additional 8 states had one death sentence each. In all, 18 states imposed death sentences, out of 33 states with the death penalty.

Related Links:

Sentencing

DPIC's 2012 Year End Report

Executions by County

Clustering of the Death Penalty

2013 Death Sentences by Name, Race, and County

Download 2012 sentencing data as a Microsoft Excel file (includes date of sentencing).

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