Kim Kardashian has made a desperate last minute plea to President Donald Trump to stay the execution of a man convicted of murdering two people.
Brandon Bernard received the death penalty for killing two married youth ministers in 1999 and is scheduled to be executed at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana tomorrow.
The case was brought to Kim’s attention in November and she has now vowed to pile on the pressure for Trump to grant Bernard clemency over the next 24 hours.
Making her plea via Twitter, Kim wrote to the president: ‘Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old father is going to be executed tomorrow by our federal government. Having gotten to know Brandon, I am heartbroken about this execution.
‘I’m calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and allow him to live out his sentence in prison.’
She continued: ‘Most of the time executions happen, in our names, without a lot of attention given to them. This is unacceptable. For the next 24 hours I will be tweeting about Brandon and his case and why his life should be spared by @realDonaldTrump.
‘Conservatives agree- Brandon Bernard should not be executed.’
Trump appears to be the last resort for Bernard, 40, who was yesterday denied a request to halt the execution by a judge.
Bernard, then aged 18, and his accomplice Christopher Vialva were found guilty 20 years ago of carjacking and murdering Todd and Stacie Bagley at the Fort Hood army base in Texas who were Christian youth ministers from Iowa.
Bernard and accomplice Christopher Vialva were sentenced to death in 2000 after a jury found them guilty of carjacking and murdering Todd and Stacie Bagley, married Christian youth ministers from Iowa, on the controversial Fort Hood army base in Texas.
Five members of the local 212 Piru Bloods gang, including Bernard and Vialva, participated in the killing.
Vialva was executed by lethal injection in September, becoming the first Black man to face the punishment since the Trump administration resumed carrying out federal executions following a 17-year hiatus.
In November, Kim, 40, explained why she felt so strongly that Bernard deserves to have his life spared.
The reality star tweeted: ‘First, I want to say that a terrible crime was committed and me fighting for a stay of execution does not take away from the sympathy I have for the victim’s Todd and Stacie Bagley, and their families. My heart breaks for everyone involved.
‘While Brandon did participate in this crime, his role was minor compared to that of the other teens involved, two of whom are home from prison now.’
Kim also shared an op-ed from a member of the jury who helped convict Bernard but now believes he should not be executed.
Bernard isn’t the only inmate banking on Kim’s help – Tiger King star Joe Exotic reportedly wrote a letter to the law student to convince Donald Trump to give him a Presidential pardon.
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