Life Sentence for Neil Sargeant

News Update 04.25.08

North Carolina

In Watauga County, Neil Sargeant has been sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Appalachian State student Stephen William Harrington. Harrington was bound, suffocated, and set on fire as part of what may have been a drug-related assault. After Sargeant was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this week, Harrington’s family approached the DA, told him that nothing would bring their son back, and asked him not to proceed with the portion of the trial that could have resulted in a death sentence.


In Alabama, Daniel Lee Siebert has died on death row of natural causes. (c/o How Appealing)

From Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, the story of a former prosecutor and defense attorney whose brother was murdered, and how that experience affected her views on the death penalty.

The New York Times on the cruel and unusual history of the death penalty. The article discusses a number of botched executions, most interestingly the executions of men on whose cases the Supreme Court relied in its recent Baze decision.

2 Responses to Life Sentence for Neil Sargeant

  1. will says:

    They let him out earlier this year? How did that happen?

  2. deathwatch says:

    It appears that the North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed Mr. Sargeant’s conviction. Therefore, Neil Sargeant is not being held in the Department of Corrections. If the district attorney has decided to retry the case, Mr. Sargeant is likely in the county jail.

    You can read the Court of Appeals opinion here.

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