Death Row Inmate's Mother Hopes Son's Life Will Be Spared

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With a little more than a week left until Paul Ezra Rhoades' pending execution, his family is apologizing to his victims and pleading for his life.

Rhoades is awaiting death by lethal injection, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, at the Idaho Maximum Security Institute south of Boise. He is being executed for the 1987 kidnappings and murders of 21-year-old Stacy Baldwin and 34-year-old Susan Michelbacher of eastern Idaho. Rhoades was also convicted of the murder of 20-year-old Nolan Haddon but was sentenced to life behind bars for that crime.

"We know there is nothing we can say or do to console their families or understand the pain they have endured all of these years," read a statement from the Rhoades family. "We want them to know that Paul is not the same man he was in 1987. We want them to know that over the past 24 years, he has returned to being the same caring and unselfish person he was before we lost him to drugs. And we want them to know he has taken responsibility for his actions, and he is doing everything in his power to make up for what he did."

Rhoades was denied a clemency hearing late last week by the Idaho Commission on Pardons and Paroles.

"Despite all the heartbreak that has come from this, as a mother, I am proud of the steps my son has been taking to be the best person he can be," wrote Rhoades' mother. "I don't want him to die. I don't think it makes sense to kill him now. And I still hope and pray that his life will be spared."

In the current BW, you can read a detailed account of how Idaho is planning to put Rhoades to death next week.

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