On Thursday, lawmakers in the Granite State overrode a veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R-N.H.), 16 to 8, making New Hampshire the 21st state to abolish the death penalty.
Gov. Sununu was quick to release a statement that criticized the actions taken by the Senate.
“I have consistently stood with law enforcement, families of crime victims, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty because it is the right thing to do,” he said. “I am incredibly disappointed that the Senate chose to override my veto.”
State Sen. Melanie Levesque (D), who supported the override, said capital punishment is “archaic, costly, discriminatory and violent,” reported New Hampshire Public Radio.
Senate President Donna Soucy (D) said, “It was a privilege today to join my colleagues in voting to repeal capital punishment in the Granite State.”
Currently, there is one prisoner on death row in New Hampshire, Michael Addison. On Oct. 17, 2006, Addison shot dead police officer Michael Briggs, 35, who was married and had two young sons. The last time New Hampshire executed a prisoner was in 1939.
New Hampshire becomes the final state in New England to ban the death penalty.