Pierce County Sheriff and mother of shooting victim encourage support of death penalty

Published: Oct. 28, 2016 at 6:36 PM CDT
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As we close in on the November elections, the people of Nebraska will be voting on whether they are for or against the death penalty.

The Pierce County Sheriff and a mother of a Norfolk shooting victim are traveling the state to support the death penalty.

Sheriff Rick Eberhardt and Vivian Tuttle are traveling the state to share their stories as to why they want the death penalty reinstated.

They said it's important that the people have the opportunity to vote on this in the upcoming election.

Vivian Tuttle is the mother of Evonne Tuttle, one of the five victims killed in a bank robbery in Norfolk in September, 2002.

"Some of them say, well, with time, it will go away. It doesn't go away, it doesn't go away. And I was very active last year with the petition drive," Tuttle said.

She has been an active supporter of the death penalty by traveling across the state collecting signatures to support capital punishment.

Tuttle said they have received three times the amount of signatures necessary to get this on the ballot, and over 3,500 in Lincoln County alone.

Sheriff Eberhardt also said he believes there should be a stronger deterrent than just life in prison.

"We believe, and I believe that no matter where you are in the state of Nebraska; if you're dropping your kids off at school, you're standing in line at the bank, you're walking the yard at the Nebraska Penitentiary, you have the right to believe that the people in the state of Nebraska have your back," Sheriff Eberhardt said.

In order to keep the death penalty in Nebraska, LB268 must be repealed, and Sheriff Eberhardt and Tuttle said they would like to see this happen.

A reminder for voters: a vote to "retain" will eliminate the death penalty, and change the maximum punishment of first degree murder to life in prison. A vote to "repeal" will keep the death penalty as a possible punishment for first degree murder.