Here’s why Utah death row inmate Taberon Honie says his life should be spared

Honie’s attorneys say he has shown remorse for killing Claudia Benn, adding that his traumatic childhood on Hopi reservation land affected him as an adult.

His mother and father were both torn from their families and sent away to Indian boarding schools; they had never learned how to parent before raising their own children in stark poverty, without electricity or running water.

Neglected, Taberon Honie drank his first beer at age 5 and and was using marijuana by 10; he had several head injuries while young. This traumatic childhood, recounted by Honie’s attorneys in a plea for his life, had a “synergistic effect” with his “extreme intoxication” on the July night in 1998 when he killed Claudia Benn, they argue.

Honie has shown genuine remorse for murdering Benn, they contend in a 48-page petition for the commutation of his death sentence, filed late Friday with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. At his sentencing, they note, Benn’s daughter — Honie’s ex-girlfriend, who shares a daughter with him — testified she would be satisfied with a life-without-parole prison term.

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The case information can be found here.

Native Americans on Death Row.