Michael Tisius Executed For 2 Jailers Murders

Michael Tisius was executed by the State of Missouri for the murders of two jailers

According to court documents Michael Tisius (19) was arrested and being held in a county jail for pawning a stolen stereo system. While inside he met another inmate and the two came up with a plan to help the inmate escape

When Michael Tisius was released he would head back to the county jail armed and was able to get inside telling the two jailers he was delivering cigarettes. When the jailers had their backs turned they would be shot and killed

Michael Tisius was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

Michael Tisius was executed by lethal injection on June 06, 2023

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Michael Tisius was executed on June 6 2023

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A man who shot and killed two rural Missouri jailers nearly 23 years ago during a failed attempt to help an inmate escape was executed on Tuesday evening.

Michael Tisius, 42, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre and was pronounced dead at 6.10 pm . He was convicted of the 22 June 2000 killing of Leon Egley and Jason Acton at the small Randolph county jail.

In a final written statement, Tisius said he tried hard “to become a better man”, and he expressed remorse for his crimes.

“I am sorry,” he wrote. “And not because I am at the end. But because I truly am sorry.”

Tisius’s lawyers had urged the US supreme court to block the execution, alleging in their appeals that a juror at a sentencing hearing was illiterate, in violation of Missouri law. The court rejected that motion on Tuesday afternoon.

The supreme court had previously turned aside another argument – that Tisius should be spared because he was just 19 at the time of the killings. A 2005 supreme court ruling bars executions of those under 18 when their crime occurred, but attorneys for Tisius had argued that even at 19 when the killings occurred, Tisius should have his sentence commuted to life in prison without parole.

Advocates for Tisius also had said he was largely neglected as a child and was homeless by his early teens. In 1999, as an 18-year-old, he was jailed on a misdemeanor charge for pawning a rented stereo system.

In June 2000, Tisius was housed on the misdemeanor charge at the same county jail in Huntsville with inmate Roy Vance. Tisius was about to be released, and court records show the men discussed a plan in which Tisius, once he was out, would help Vance escape.

Just after midnight on 22 June 2000, Tisius went to the jail accompanied by Vance’s girlfriend, Tracie Bulington. They told Egley and Acton that they were there to deliver cigarettes to Vance. The jailers didn’t know that Tisius had a pistol.

At trial, Bulington testified that she looked up and saw Tisius with the gun drawn, then watched as he shot and killed Acton. When Egley approached, Tisius shot him, too. Both officers were unarmed.

Tisius found keys in the dispatch area and tried to open Vance’s cell, but he couldn’t. When Egley grabbed Bulington’s leg, Tisius shot him several more times.

Tisius and Bulington fled, but their car broke down later that day in Kansas. They were arrested in Wathena, Kansas, about 130 miles (210km) west of Huntsville. Tisius confessed to the killings of Acton and Egley.

Bulington and Vance are serving life sentences on murder convictions.

Defense attorneys have argued that the killings were not premeditated. Tisius, they said, intended to order the jailers into a holding cell and free Vance and other inmates. Tisius’s defense team issued a video last week in which Vance said he planned the escape attempt and manipulated Tisius into participating.

Mike Parson, the Republican governor of Missouri, on Monday rejected a petition for clemency, saying in a statement: “It’s despicable that two dedicated public servants were murdered in a failed attempt to help another criminal evade the law.”

The execution is the 12th in the US this year, and the third in Missouri. Only Texas, with four, has executed more people than Missouri this year.

Amber McLaughlin, 49, who killed a woman and dumped the body near the Mississippi River in St Louis, was put to death in January. The execution was believed to be the first of a transgender woman in the US. Raheem Taylor, 58, was executed in February for killing his live-in girlfriend and her three children in 2004 in St Louis county.

Another Missouri execution is scheduled for 1 August. Johnny Johnson was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a six-year-old girl in St Louis county in 2002.


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