Sen. Cotton persuades DOJ to withdraw death penalty for ‘serial abuser’ who killed soldier.
First on the fox: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arch., Is seeking an answer from Attorney General Merrick Garland as to why the Justice Department is no longer seeking the death penalty against the man accused of killing his estranged wife, Fort Campbell soldier Britney Nicole Silvers.
Federal Prosecutors Announced in February 2021 They were demanding the death penalty against Victor Everett Silvers, on which Oct. 14, 2018 First-degree murder, shooting and murder of an Army sergeant. Silver at its base in Kentucky.
According to an announcement by the Department of Justice last year, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A., appointed by former President Trump. The execution was authorized by Rosen.
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But a new court filing in a case reviewed by TOU Digital shows that the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky filed a motion to withdraw the notice seeking Silver’s death sentence. The proposal states that the Attorney General “authorized and directed” the withdrawal of the death penalty on April 7.
“Why did you ‘authorize and direct’ this action?” Cotton said in a letter to Garland obtained by TOU. “Has anything changed since February 25, 2021? Sergeant. Silvers deserves justice.”
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Cotton is an Army veteran serving on the Senate Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. He called Silvers a “serial domestic abuser” who “shot and killed a United States soldier in 2018 in front of his apartment on a U.S. Army base.”
The Justice Department did not immediately comment on why President Biden’s attorney general changed course.
Last July, Garland banned federal enforcement when the department conducted a review of its policies and procedures, but no timetable was given on the cases. The break doesn’t stop federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty, and the Biden administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the original Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence.
At the time of her death, Sergeant. Silvers was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion at Fort Campbell.
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Victor Silvers arrived at Sergeant, according to federal prosecutors. The night began knocking on Silvers’ residence and his door. A neighbor who was walking on his dog heard gunshots and saw Victor Silvers shooting Britney Silvers in front of his residence, according to prosecutors. According to Silver, he eventually confessed to the shooting 2018 statement From the plaintiffs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.