I prefer to focus on the quality of life of his VICTIMS past and future.
He has already shown that he is more than willing to attack both other inmates and guards in facilities he is locked up in. If allowed to live, he WILL kill again. The DP assures he will not.
Funny how a race horse breaks a leg and we put him down because his quality of life would be unacceptable. Does this animal not deserve as much compassion? He seems to be functioning on the same level, only the horse is not taking other lives...
If anything, warehousing him amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. I speak on this particular subject, from first hand knowledge.
A quote from my ex-wife's uncle to me while sitting on death row in Texas: "please, let them kill me, living in this cage is no way for anyone to exist."
If my want was for this animal to suffer for what he did, I'd be on the side of locking him away for life. I guess I'm just a compassionate guy. :)
You are correct, Insane is a legal term and this man meets the legal terms of sanity. If he didn't know what he did was wrong, then why did he walk into a police department and admit what he had done? If he really didn't know what he did was wrong, it seems to me he might have walked into a grocery store or some other non LE place and talked about the weather.
C&P from his appeal: At about 9:30 a.m., the appellant entered the lobby of the Sherman Police Department and told Police Dispatcher Cindy Carr that he had just murdered his wife and wanted to turn himself in. Officer Chuck Maudlin went to the lobby and frisked the appellant for weapons. Maudlin testified that the appellant, who appeared lethargic and calm, asked, "Will I be forgiven?" and said he had stabbed himself in the chest. Detective Brice Smith handcuffed the appellant and arrested him. The appellant was then transported to a hospital for treatment, where Smith later arrested him pursuant to an arrest warrant.
His actions and statement, support his knowledge of his actions, and that they were wrong. IMO