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Sister of death row inmate Danny Hembree speaks out

Kathy Hembree Ledbetter, sister of death row inmate Danny Hembree released a statement today about here brother’s controversial letter  to The Gaston Gazette, which has been quoted extensively in media outlets around the state. Let’s hope people listen to her simple, plainspoken and heartfelt words. 

I’m so very sorry for any hurt or anger that was caused by my brother Danny Hembree’s letter to The Gaston Gazette. He is a very depressed man and in his hopelessness, he lashed out. I am sharing a letter (attached) he wrote recently to me in order to try to reveal the truth about his mental and emotional state which was brought out at his trial. He has had severe mental illness for over 35 years of his 50 years of life.  He is not happy, he is not comfortable and he is not well. He is being punished for his crimes and he is in a bad place. I feel deeply for the families who have been affected by his actions, actions that were motivated by mental illness.

 Kathy Hembree Ledbetter

3 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    January 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I appreciate the letter but it does not take away the hurt for the victims.

  2. James

    January 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Frances, I hope that when you find yourself out of your mind with dementia, there is someone with more compassion than you who is responsible for your care. You can be a real jerk.

  3. Jill Vsetecka

    January 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Oh is your life so great?? You can not step outside and feel the sunshine, we can. You can not go drink a beer with your friends, we can. You can not be with a person who enjoys your company and your touch, we can. You can not pet a dog, ride a horse, go fishing, we can. You can not eat the meal you crave, we can, you can not see your mother and take her out to dinner, we can. You can not go to sleep at night knowing that you have made a positive difference in the world, we can. If you are happy with your small, restricted life, well good for you. If ac and a tv is enough for you then you must be a happy man. The rest of us move in the world and have things beyond your imagining. You are where you need to be and the rest of us are glad the world is free of you. You will face God one day and perhaps He will see a soul worth some value, we do not.

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