Hyderabad: Prison authorities in Pennsylvania have set February 23 as the date for the execution of Raghunandan Yandamuri, a Telugu youngster who was sentenced to death in 2014 for the kidnap and murder of a 61-year-old woman and her 10-month-old granddaughter.
Yandamuri, 32, is the first Indian-American to face death penalty. He hails from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and was working as a software engineer. He was arrested on charges of kidnapping and murdering 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna.
According to a press release issued by the Pennsylvania Department Corrections earlier this week, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel had signed a Notice of Execution setting Friday, February 23, for the execution of Raghunandan Yandamuri. Yandamuri was sentenced to death in Montgomery County.
“The law provides that when the governor does not sign a warrant of execution within the specified time period, the secretary of corrections has 30 days within which to issue a notice of execution,” the release said.
According to a report in PTI, Yandamuri was however likely to get a reprieve because of a 2015 moratorium on death penalty by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
Yandamuri had gone to the US on a H-1B visa. Following his conviction, the electrical and computer science engineering degree holder had first asked that death penalty be imposed upon him. He later appealed his sentence, but lost the appeal last April.