Florida Bishops’ Conference asks Governor Scott to have mercy on Robert Lavern Henry

Community prays for the condemned, his victims, and an end to the use of the death penalty

The Florida Catholic Conference calls on Governor Rick Scott to show mercy to Robert Lavern Henry by commuting his sentence to life in prison without possibility of parole. Mr. Henry is scheduled to be executed at 6:00 p.m. on March 20, 2014 for the 1987 murders of Phyllis Harris and Janet Thermidor.

Human life, given by God, is sacred. This sacredness is not contingent upon one’s guilty or innocent behavior. “Justice is not about vengeance,” said Michael Sheedy, executive director. “Through a life of incarceration, Mr. Henry will be severely punished for his grave acts. Taking his life will not lessen the pain he has caused but only perpetuate the cycle of violence we as a society so strongly condemn.”  Click here.