Oklahoma Executes Man Who Killed Elderly Couple for Seventy Three Dollars


Oklahoma executionTuesday Oklahoma executed a man who robbed an elderly couple in 2000.  He stabbed them to death.  The money stolen was seventy three dollars.

James Lewis DeRosa, 36, was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday evening.

DeRosa was convicted of killing Curtis Plummer, 73, and Gloria Plummer, 70, of Poteau, Oklahoma, while robbing their home.  DeRosa was sentenced to death in October 2001, authorities said.

DeRosa had worked for the Plummers for a short time.  He told acquaintances Eric Castleberry, then 21, and Scotty White, then 18, that they would be “easy marks.”

White drove the three men drove to the Plummer’s house.  They were let inside.  DeRosa pulled a knife and stabbed the couple several times, and then slit their throats.  Castleberry and DeRosa ransacked the house, finding a total of $73.  They took the couples truck, which they later abandoned.  The three joined up later, after disposing of the bloody knife, and spent some of the money eating tacos.

Last month, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board rejected DeRosa’s request that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Castleberry testified at DeRosa’s trial in exchange for a sentence of life without parole, and White was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and received two 25-year prison sentences, the last seven years on probation, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

White received two 25 year sentences as an accessory, and seven years of probation.

DeRosa became the second person executed in Oklahoma this year, and the 16th in the nation.  A ruthless man, who murdered an elderly couple for $73 is no longer a member of the living.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express