Georgia executes female prisoner despite plea from Pope Francis

The US state of Georgia has executed its first female prisoner in 70 years.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner was killed via lethal injection on Wednesday.

Gissendaner was sentenced to death for recruiting her lover Gregory Owen to murder her husband Douglas Gissendaner in 1997.


Owen got life in prison for the crime.

Even a plea from Pope Francis could not save Ms Gissendaner.

The pope called for a global ban on the death penalty during his U.S. visit last week and urged the board to spare her life.

“While not wishing to minimize the gravity of the crime for which Ms. Gissendander has been convicted, and while sympathizing with the victims, I nonetheless implore you, in consideration of the reasons that have been expressed to your board, to commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote on his behalf.

Gissendaner was the first woman executed in Georgia in 70 years