Springfield gathering stands against death penalty

Mass. abolished the death penalty in the 1980's

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of people gathered in Springfield to remember two Italian immigrants who were executed for crimes they may not have committed.

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of robbery and murder in 1927. Tonight, members of the Hampden County Chapter of Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty got together mark the 8th anniversary of their execution. The group’s goal is to keep the death penalty out of Massachusetts.

Saul Finestone, the group’s president, told 22News why they don’t support capitol punishment. He said, “We believe that too often, the death penalty is inflicted on those who don’t deserve to be executed, they may even be innocent.”

The death penalty was abolished in Massachusetts in the early 1980’s.

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