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