Stop the Execution of Zane Floyd in Nevada

Governor Steve Sisolak

Zane Floyd, 45, is scheduled for execution in Nevada the week of July 26, 2021. (The exact date has not been announced. We may not know for sure until early July.) Zane Floyd is on death row for the murders of Thomas Darnell, Carlos "Chuck" Leos, Dennis Troy Sargent and Lucille Tarantino in 1999.

Floyd's execution, if it goes forward, will be Nevada's first in 15 years - the state's previous execution being that of Daryl Mack in 2006. This may be the first execution of a non-volunteer in more than 25 years. (A volunteer is someone who waives appeals and asks to be executed.)

Floyd's legal team is seeking a halt to the execution to give the courts more time to hold hearings, and are also seeking a September 21 clemency hearing before the state Board of Pardons - which is made up of the governor, seven state Supreme Court justices and the state attorney general.

The jury that sentenced Zane Floyd to death never heard that Mr. Floyd was born with significant organic brain damage from previously undiagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which is functionally equivalent to intellectual disability. The U.S. Supreme Court has determined it is unconstitutional to execute individuals with intellectual disabilities. Mr. Floyd was also just 23 years old at the time of his crime and had already endured a lifetime of trauma as a result of growing up in a household where both parents drank excessively and his step-father was violent.

Modern neuroscience research has determined that the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control, rational decision-making, and executive functioning are not fully developed in juveniles until they reach their mid-20s, and can be even more delayed in individuals with FASD or intellectual disability.

Mr. Floyd was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), made worse after serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he regularly saw combat. When he returned from his tour of duty, he was not the same person and was fixated on guns. He was wearing his Marine uniform when he committed his crime.

Due to his FASD, Mr. Floyd had a genetic predisposition to addiction, had been addicted to drugs and alcohol starting in high school, and was under the influence of high levels of methamphetamine and alcohol when this tragic event took place.

Mr. Floyd's trial attorneys failed to present this substantial and significant mitigating evidence to the jury before it sentenced Mr. Floyd to death. If the jurors had been presented with this information, they may have chosen to spare Mr. Floyd's life.

Additionally, the State of Nevada intends to use an experimental and untested lethal injection procedure, including fentanyl or alfentanil and ketamine, to carry out this state-sanctioned killing.

Mr. Floyd has expressed remorse for taking the lives of Thomas Darnell, Carlos Leos, Chuck Sargent, and Lucille Tarantino on June 3, 1999. He is asking to have his sentences commuted to life in prison without parole.

In scheduling an execution after 15 years without one, Nevada makes itself an outlier in its use of the death penalty. The majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions, and increasingly, states are abolishing the practice altogether, including the southern state of Virginia, which repealed its death penalty law earlier this year.

Please sign the petition asking Governor Steve Sisolak to do everything within his power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Petitions will be delivered on your behalf at 12:00 pm noon Pacific Time on July 23rd.

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To: Governor Steve Sisolak
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the July 26, 2021 execution of Zane Floyd for the murders of Thomas Darnell, Carlos "Chuck" Leos, Dennis Troy Sargent and Lucille Tarantino in 1999.

We are concerned that while the vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, and states like Virginia have abolished the practive altogether, Nevada is resuming executions after a 15 year haitus.

The jury that sentenced Zane Floyd to death never heard that Mr. Floyd was born with significant organic brain damage from previously undiagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which is functionally equivalent to intellectual disability. The U.S. Supreme Court has determined it is unconstitutional to execute individuals with intellectual disabilities. Mr. Floyd was also just 23 years old at the time of his crime and had already endured a lifetime of trauma as a result of growing up in a household where both parents drank excessively and his step-father was violent.

Modern neuroscience research has determined that the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control, rational decision-making, and executive functioning are not fully developed in juveniles until they reach their mid-20s, and can be even more delayed in individuals with FASD or intellectual disability.

Mr. Floyd was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), made worse after serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he regularly saw combat. When he returned from his tour of duty, he was not the same person and was fixated on guns. He was wearing his Marine uniform when he committed his crime.

Due to his FASD, Mr. Floyd had a genetic predisposition to addiction, had been addicted to drugs and alcohol starting in high school, and was under the influence of high levels of methamphetamine and alcohol when this tragic event took place.

Mr. Floyd's trial attorneys failed to present this substantial and significant mitigating evidence to the jury before it sentenced Mr. Floyd to death. If the jurors had been presented with this information, they may have chosen to spare Mr. Floyd's life.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Thank you for time and attention to this urgent and serious matter.