Death row inmate reveals horrific reality – ‘worse than being treated like an animal’

A death row inmate has spoken out about his treatment behind bars while awaiting execution.

David Hosier spent the past four months on death row in a cell that was more than eight feet wide and five feet long. He was only allowed to leave if he was handcuffed from head to toe, accompanied by full security and had a valid reason to explore the rest of the prison.

He was placed on “death watch,” a form of suicide watch for death row inmates, intended to prevent self-harm or harm to others as they count down to their execution.

Hosier told the Mirror US that he was treated worse than an animal, describing grim conditions at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri, about 70 miles south of St. Louis.

Hosier described how his life changed when he was removed from the general population and put on death watch(Image: TNS)

He described the experience as “not something (he) would want to do to anyone.”

Hosier said he experienced relentless fear, never knowing whether his execution would take place that day or the next and fought for leniency.

Missouri houses among its general prison population those awaiting execution. Hosier said, “We can go out and visit in the wing. We can go out in the wing and play cards with other boys. We can do puzzles. When it’s recreation time, we can go to the recreation yard or the gym.” to go.” We can go to the library.

“You get to know a lot of guys. So you know guys who are on death row, other guys who are on death row. You get to know guys who are living without (parole). You know guys who are in prison for a short period of time, say 5, 10, 15, 20 years.”

However, on February 14 – four days after celebrating his 69th birthday – he was removed from the general population and placed in a ‘death watch cell’ for the final four months of his sentence.

He described his time on the death watch as “totally different” from that of the general population. He said, “Once they put you on death watch, everything changes. You can’t go anywhere without being chained or handcuffed, whatever you want to call it, and you can’t go anywhere without being escorted,” he explained.

“You are actually alone in a cell 24 hours a day, until they come and take you anywhere. You are locked up alone all day in a cell that is 2.5 meters wide and 4.5 meters long. – your meals are brought to your cell. Everything happens here in your cell. We have our shower, our toilet, our everything.”

He could talk to his family on the phone, including conversations with his sister and cousin, and he could also call friends.

He said: “That’s my keeping in touch with reality, talking to people in the outside world. That’s what you get when you’re on suicide or death watch – not a whole lot of excitement.”

He spent his time watching television and counting down the days left.

Hoiser said, “Everyone is afraid of death no matter what. If they say it isn’t, there’s something wrong with them.’

On the death penalty, he said, “Missouri says it’s such a pro-life state, and yet they want to kill us because we supposedly killed someone? We are supposed to be such a Christian society, and we should. being such a pro-life society, yet the state sanctions murder to justify: oh, we did something wrong, so they’re going to kill us?

In 2013, Hosier received a death sentence for the murder of Angela Gilpin, 45 years old, with whom he had been in a relationship before she ended the affair to return to her husband, Rodney, 61 years old. Both were fatally shot outside their Jefferson City home. home, causing authorities to suspect Hosier.

He was eventually found by authorities in Oklahoma, where he claimed he had been driving alone to think clearly. He maintained his innocence to the end regarding the Gilpins’ murder, but lacked an alibi or witnesses.