Union College to host former death row inmate

Published on
November 14, 2013

Next week, the Union College community will hear from one of only two women in the United States to be exonerated from death row.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Sabrina Butler, who was released from death row after a long and horrific battle, will be on campus as part of the “Kentucky Exoneree Tour.” She will be speaking at noon in the Patridge Conference Room inside the Patridge Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public.

According to the Rev. David Miller, college minister, her story is “one any young parent could relate to.”

On April 12, 1989, Butler found her nine-month-old son unresponsive and not breathing. After trying to revive him through CPR, she took him to the hospital where he died. The bruises on her son’s chest from CPR were incorrectly identified as a result of child abuse, and within hours, 17-year-old Butler was charged with capital murder. She was convicted and later sentenced to die by lethal injection July 2, 1990.

After five years in prison and 33 months on death row, Butler was exonerated after new evidence surfaced indicating her son actually died from a kidney disorder.

She will be on campus to share her experience as a death row inmate and speak about her stance against the death penalty. A representative from the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will present a copy of her book, Exonerated: The Sabrina Butler Story, to a member of the audience as a door prize.

For more information about the event, contact Miller at 606-546-1291. For more information about Butler and her story, visit her website at http://sabrinabulter.webs.com.