Parson Confirms Michael Tisius’s Execution

According to a news release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office on Monday, the state of Missouri will carry out Michael Tisius’s sentence on Tuesday, June 6, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri.

“Mr. Tisius was given due process and fair proceedings by Missouri’s court system for his brutal killing of two Randolph County jail guards,” Parson said in the release. “I’ve run a small county jail, so I know personally how hard the people who work there work and how kind they are.

It’s horrible that two hardworking public workers were killed in an attempt to help another criminal get away with breaking the law. According to the court’s ruling, the state of Missouri will carry out Mr. Tisius’s sentences and do what is right.

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On June 22, 2000, Tisius, who is now 42 years old, shot and killed Jason Acton and Leon Egley, two Randolph County prison officers, while trying to help an old cellmate escape from jail.

At least one court case is being appealed by Tisius. His appeals and his request for pardon have all been about different things. Tisius was only 19 when he killed the people, he had been neglected as a child, and a jury at his resentencing in 2010 may have been illiterate, which is against the law in Missouri.

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that Tisius’s age at the time of the crime wasn’t enough to stop the execution. A federal judge stopped the execution last week because a juror was said to be ignorant, but an appeals panel put it back in place. The Supreme Court hasn’t made a decision about that yet.

Tisius’s lawyer, Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, said that the ups and downs of the cases are hard on him.

“He seems to be going through a lot of different feelings,” Carlyle said. “He seems to be worried. He doesn’t want to die. “I think he’s mad and scared.”

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Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Tisius will be put to death.

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