(WASHINGTON) -- When Teresa Lewis is put to death Thursday she will leave behind a trail of statistics.
- She will be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century.
- Her death will leave 60 women on death row nationally, constituting less than 2% of the total death row population.
- She will be among about 40 women who have been executed in the United States over the past 100 years.
The statistics are according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a group which opposes the death penalty and tracks its impact.
A judge determined that Lewis was the “mastermind” of a grisly plan to hire two hit men to kill her husband and stepson in 2002. Teresa Lewis pleaded guilty for her role in the crime and repeatedly expressed regret. But while the triggermen received sentences of life in prison, Lewis was sentenced to die.
The Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal earlier this week, and Gov. Bob McDonnell denied her petitions for clemency.
Those opposed to her death sentence say the fact that she is a woman should not cause her to be treated differently. But they say what is unfair is that she has been diagnosed as borderline mentally retarded and her sentence is more severe than that of the triggermen.
Teresa Lewis will become the 12th woman put to death in the United States since 1976.
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