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An Osage County woman is set to be the first federal female inmate to be executed in over 60 years.

Lisa Montgomery, of Melvern, strangled a pregnant woman before cutting open her body and kidnapping the baby. The incident happened in December 2004 after Montgomery drove to Missouri, ostensibly to buy a puppy. Instead, Montgomery strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett twice -- once to the point of losing consciousness and, after starting to remove the baby, once to kill her. Montgomery tried to pass the baby off as her own but later confessed to the crime.

Nearly three years after the crime, a federal jury found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death and unanimously recommended the death sentence. The court agreed. Her conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. Requests for so-called collateral relief have been universally rejected.

Montgomery is currently the only woman on federal death row. The last federal female inmate to be executed was Bonnie Heady after a kidnapping and murder incident in the early 1950s.

US Attorney General William Barr says execution will be Dec. 8 at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Lethal injection will be the method.

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