On Death Row
The final loose end in the case was tied up six weeks after Bassos conviction when Hope Ahrens pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She is the only one of the six Musso killers with a realistic chance of parole.
Sue Basso, prisoner No. 999329, lives on Death Row with eight other condemned women at the Mountain View Unit prison in Gatesville, 45 minutes west of
Seven of the eight women have longer Death Row tenures than Basso, and her execution is not expected anytime soon.
The longest-tenured female on Death Row has at least one other thing in common with Basso. In 1987, Francis Newton, then 22, murdered her husband and two young children for a life insurance payoff.
Newton was scheduled to die Dec. 1, 2004, after 16 years of waiting but was granted a three-month reprieve by the Texas governor.
The average stay on Death Row in
Her daughter is counting the days.
After the death penalty was announced, she hugged prosecutors and cried tears of joy.
"We got a victory! Christianna Hardy told reporters. This is wonderful. Justice has finally been served! She
She continued, "She was never a mother. She doesn
When Bassos execution date comes around, Hardy later told the