June Execution Date Set for James L. DeRosa
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday set June 18 as the execution date for LeFlore County death row inmate James Lewis DeRosa, 36.
In October 2001, DeRosa was found guilty by a jury of his peers and subsequently convicted and sentenced to death for the first-degree murders of Curtis Plummer, 73, and Gloria Plummer, 70, both of Poteau.
DeRosa was briefly employed by the Plummers and told several friends on multiple occasions he thought the elderly couple would be an easy target to rob. DeRosa’s friend Eric Castleberry, 21, agreed to help with the robbery and Castleberry’s friend, Scotty White, 18, agreed to drive.
After being welcomed into the Plummers’ home, DeRosa and Castleberry brandished knives. While the couple begged and struggled for their lives, DeRosa proceeded to stab the Plummers multiple times and slit their throats. DeRosa and Castleberry left the scene with $73 and the couple’s pickup truck. The truck was ditched in a nearby lake.
Castleberry testified at DeRosa’s trial in exchange for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. White was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and received two 25-year sentences with the last seven years on probation.
The execution date was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt on March 25 after the U.S. Supreme Court denied DeRosa’s final appeal.