New Mexico govenor signs law abolishing death penalty
New Mexico Wednesday became another U.S. state that bans the death penalty after Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill against the capital punishment into law, Xinhua reported.
"I have decided to sign legislation that repeals the death penalty in the state of New Mexico," said Richardson in a statement issued by his office.
The governor said that his singing of the bill marks the end of a long, personal journey.
"Throughout my adult life, I have been a firm believer in the death penalty as a just punishment," he said.
New Mexico's lawmakers earlier approved the bill, House Bill 285, that requires to replace lethal injection with a sentence of life imprisonment with parole, and sent it to the governor's desk last week.
The new law made New Mexico the 15th state in the United States without the death penalty.