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Leonard Shockley
Born 1941-1942
Died April 10, 1959 (age 17)
Conviction(s) First degree murder
Penalty Death by gas chamber
Status Deceased

Leonard Shockley (1941 or 1942 – April 10, 1959) was a juvenile executed in the United States for a murder committed when he was under the age of 18. Shockley, a black male, was executed in Maryland in the gas chamber for a crime committed when he was 16. Shockley was convicted of murdering a white woman in Dorchester County, Maryland.[1] Shockley, whose older brother had just begun serving a life sentence at the time of the execution, was 17 years of age.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Stark, Mike. "The Race To Execute In Maryland." The New Abolitionist. November 2002, Issue 26.
  2. ^ Streib, Victor L. (1987). Death Penalty for Juveniles. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253316154.  


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