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Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001, USA
Dear Governor DeSantis,
Donald Dillbeck is scheduled to be executed in Florida on 23 February. He was sentenced to death in 1991 after the jury voted 8-4 for the death penalty. That sentencing scheme was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 2016. Donald Dillbeck is among those to whom that ruling does not apply, not because of the facts of their cases, but the timing of them. As one Florida Supreme Court Justice said, this left constitutional protection depending on “little more than a roll of the dice.”
Since trial, Donald Dillbeck has been diagnosed with Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE). His adaptive and cognitive deficits have been described by medical experts as “functionally identical” to the criteria that the US Supreme Court recognized in 2002 as requiring exemption from execution of people with intellectual disability.
I urge you to grant Donald Dillbeck a reprieve and to work to ensure his death sentence is commuted.