Life Science News: ‘A life of sin’
Posted On July 28, 2021
An American pastor who was charged with killing an American missionary during a mission in Liberia in 2014 was sentenced on Wednesday to death for the 2008 slaying of an American aid worker, his lawyer said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia said on Wednesday that the former pastor, Jerry Wayne Jenkins, 59, had been sentenced to death by lethal injection for the August 2008 slaying in the village of Gombe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Monrovia.
It was not immediately clear when Jenkins’ sentence would be carried out.
Jenkins was convicted in December of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison.
He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in April 2009 and sentenced in May to life imprisonment.
His lawyer, Anthony DeWitt, said in a statement that Jenkins was remorseful, and he has accepted responsibility for his actions.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In August, the U.N. human rights investigator for Liberia, David Brown, said Jenkins had confessed to killing the missionary during an encounter with local police.
Brown said the case was likely to be solved, but he added that it was a “serious crime.”
Jenkins, who is from the Pentecostal denomination of the same name, was arrested by local police in May after the missionary was found dead in his home in Gombbe.
He had been in Liberia since 2013 and has lived in a makeshift compound in a village near Monrove, a remote hillside region about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Monzo.