STOP THE EXECUTION OF ABEL OCHOA
The state of Texas plans to execute Abel Ochoa on Thursday, February 6, 2020 for the 2002 murders of his wife, Cecilia Ochoa (29), their two daughters, Crystal Ochoa (7) and Ana Ochoa (9 months), his father-in-law, Bartolo Alivizo (56), and sister-in-law, Jacqueline Saleh (20).
The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases because it is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." (Catholic Catechism 2267)
During his time on death row, Mr. Ochoa has been dedicated to serving as a positive influence on other men on death row, on correctional officers, and other individuals he encounters. According to the accounts of both current and former guards, Ochoa is a valued member of the prison community and has a calming influence on everyone around him.
We invite you to raise your voice in opposition to this execution by sending this prepared letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and urge them to commute Mr. Ochoa's sentence.
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