Michael Tisius Wiki – Michael Tisius Biography

Missouri inmate Michael Tisius was executed Tuesday night for shooting and killing two jailers more than two decades ago during a failed attempt to help a friend escape from a rural jail. Tisius, 42, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital at Bonne Terre State Prison and was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m., authorities said.

He was convicted of the June 22, 2000 murders of Leon Egley and Jason Acton at the Randolph County Small Jail. In his final statement, Tisius wrote that he was “holding tightly” to his faith, and lamented that he could not have “made things right” in life.

“I really tried to become a better man. I really tried to give as much as I could to as many as I could,” Tisius said. “I tried to forgive others as I want them to forgive me. And I pray that God forgives those who condemn me. Just as he forgave those who condemned him. I’m sorry. And not because I’m at the end. But because I’m really sorry. ”


Tisius’ last meal consisted of two bacon cheeseburgers, curly fries, regular fries and a chocolate milkshake, a Missouri Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed. Tisius’s lawyers had urged the United States Supreme Court to block the execution, claiming on appeals that a juror at a sentencing hearing was illiterate, in violation of Missouri law. The court denied that motion Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Tisius Age

The age of Michael Tisius was 42 years.

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What happened to Michael Tisius?

The Supreme Court previously rejected another argument: that Tisius should be pardoned because he was only 19 at the time of the murders. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling prohibits executions of anyone under 18 when his crime occurred, but Tisius’s lawyers had argued that even at 19, when the murders occurred, Tisius should have had his sentence commuted to life in prison without parole.


Defenders of Tisius had said that he was largely neglected as a child and that he was homeless as a teenager. His path to the execution chamber began in 1999 when, when he was 18, he was jailed for a misdemeanor charge of pawning a rented stereo system.

In June 2000, Tisius was booked on the misdemeanor charge in the same county jail in Huntsville with inmate Roy Vance. Tisius was about to be released, and court records show that the men discussed a plan in which Tisius, once outside, would help Vance escape.

Just after midnight on June 22, 2000, Tisius went to jail accompanied by Vance’s girlfriend, Tracie Bulington. They told Egley and Acton that they were there to deliver cigarettes to Vance. The jailers did not know that Tisius had a gun.


At trial, Blington testified that she looked up and saw Tisius with his gun drawn, then saw her shoot and kill Acton. As Egley got closer, Tisius fired at him as well. Both officers were unarmed.

Tisius found keys in the dispatch area and attempted to open Vance’s cell, but was unable to. As Egley grabbed Bulington’s leg, Tisius shot him several more times. Tisius and Blington fled, but his car broke down that same day in Kansas. They were arrested in Wathena, Kansas, about 130 miles west of Huntsville. Tisius confessed to the crimes.

Blington and Vance are serving life sentences for murder convictions. Defense attorneys have argued that the killings were not premeditated. Tisius, they said, intended to order jailers into a holding cell and release Vance and other inmates.


Tisius’s defense team released a video last week in which Vance said he masterminded the escape attempt and manipulated Tisius into participating. The execution was the 12th in the US this year and the third in Missouri. Only Texas, with four, has executed more people than Missouri this year.Read More……

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