Marvin Gabrion was sentenced to death by the Federal Government for a murder on Federal land. According to court documents Marvin Gabrion sexually assaulted the victim Rachel Timmerman in Michigan. Just days before the trial was to begin Rachel Timmerman and her eleven month old daughter went missing. Police received a letter allegedly written by Timmerman saying the rape charges against Gabrion were fabricated. A month later the body of Rachel Timmerman was found in a lake, she had been chained down by cinder blocks, Rachel daughter has never been found. Marvin Gabrion was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. As of 2021 Marvin Gabrion remains on Federal Death Row
Marvin Gabrion 2021 Information
|Register Number: 09184-055|
|Located at: Terre Haute USP|
|Release Date: DEATH SENT|
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt an addendum to federal execution protocol allowing the federal government to carry out the death penalty after a 16-year lapse, according to a news release from Barr’s office.
Five death row inmates convicted of killing children or elderly people are scheduled to be executed in December 2019 and January 2020.
“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” Barr said in the release.
Marvin Gabrion is the only Michigan convict on the list of federal death row prisoners, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Gabrion is not one of the five scheduled to be executed in December or January.
Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1847, but Gabrion was sentenced to death by a federal court because he committed the crime on federal land.
In 2002, Gabrion was sentenced to death for murdering Rachel Timmerman, 19, who had accused him of rape. The woman and her 18-month-old daughter went missing days before Gabrion was to stand trial on the rape accusation.
Timmerman’s body was found weighted down by cinder blocks in a lake at the Manistee National Forest. Her daughter was never found.
Gabrion is the first person sentenced to death by a federal court in a non-death penalty state since the federal death penalty was reinstated, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
It is unclear when or if he will be executed under Barr’s new ruling.
The attorney general said additional executions will be scheduled later.