The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty even had trouble with this one. “Because of the nature of the crime and the tender age of the victim,” they wrote, “even death-penalty opponents can find it difficult to muster compassion for Schwab.”
Two days before the execution, Junny’s mother, Vicki Rios-Martinez, spoke to a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel. “I probably was closer to a right-to-lifer before this happened,” she said. “So it was a real hard decision for me to ask for the death penalty. But I had to take everything into consideration. He’d already molested several children. He’d already been in prison, but they put him back on the streets.” Indeed, Schwab was released from Florida State Prison after serving only three years of an eight-year sentence for raping a thirteen-year-old boy. [See my earlier blogs: “Death Row Pedo” and “Death Row Pedo’s Early Crimes.”]
As far as we can tell, Schwab never showed any remorse for his crimes. In fact, according to detectives, after he led them to the body, his first request was for “a couple of [Burger King] Whoppers and a pack of smokes.” He filed endless legal appeals for 16 years, and at the very end tried to end-run the system by firing his attorney.
May Junny’s family rest easier now.