The United States Army is preparing to carry out their first execution in nearly 50 years, but are they executing the wrong person? Perhaps there is someone else more deserving of being executed?
In December 1986, the nude slain body of 18-year-old Tammy Cofer Wilson was discovered by her husband, then Army Private Troy D. Wilson. Tammy’s sister, Honey Rosalie Schlehuber, was 12-years-old at the time of her sister’s death and she recalled that night, saying:
“I was in the back of the house when I heard my entire family scream and cry. It was so loud, all the screams. I will never, ever forget the cries as my mom and dad found out what happened to her.”
“This is not just something you get over. It’s having to lie to someone when they ask what happened to your sister. To this day I can’t speak of it without tears.”
Ronald Gray was arrested and convicted for a series of rapes and murders, including that of Tammy Wilson, in 1988. He was sentenced to death and as a member of the US Army, has been confined to the military prison’s death row at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Gray has been through the appeal process and was even granted a temporary stay of execution, but a judge at Fort Bragg, North Carolina just ruled that the temporary stay has expired and that the execution can proceed as planned.
Gray is one of 6 prisoners on death row in military prisons. The last military execution took place in 1961.
I’m not questioning the fact that Gray deserves to be executed for his crimes, but I also believe that there is another person more deserving of execution by the military than Gray.
In 2009, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan. Prior to deserting his post, Bergdahl had written statements condemning the US actions and supporting the cause of the Taliban. Then he left his firearm and flak jacket behind and walked away from his assigned post. Members of his unit were sent out to search for him and found themselves under attack. Six soldiers were killed because of Bergdahl’s desertion.
US intelligence officials say that they had photos of Bergdahl taking target practice with his supposed captors and even freely carrying a rifle in the Taliban camp. He was also observed playing soccer with his supposed captors.
Barack Obama outraged the military and most of America when he traded five top ranking Taliban leaders back to the Taliban in exchange for Bergdahl. Obama naively told America that he was promised that none of the five Taliban leaders would be allowed to return to their terrorist ways.
In March 2015, Army officials announced that Bergdahl has been formally charged with one count of ‘desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty’ and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.’
“The second count is the more severe of the two, carrying a potential sentence of ‘confinement for life’ should Bergdahl be convicted. Both charges also potentially carry a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private, and a total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.”
I contend that Bergdahl should also be held responsible for the deaths of his six Army companions who died while searching for him the night he deserted his post. Whatever method of execution the Army plans on using, their first victim should be Bergdahl instead of Ronald Gray.
The second Army execution should be Barack Obama for his many traitorous acts he committed against the American people, the US Constitution and to the military. In addition to at least seven articles of impeachment that Obama should have been charged and tried for, he is also guilty of funding Iran’s terrorist activities and funding Egypt’s terrorist government that vowed to destroy the US and Israel.
After Bergdahl and Obama are executed for their high crimes, then I say go ahead with the planned execution of Ronald Gray.