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N.H. Senate votes to leave death penalty intact

State has 1 inmate on death row

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Senate has voted to leave intact the state’s centuries-old death penalty.

Lawmakers voted 12-12 Thursday on a death penalty repeal measure. The tie means capital punishment will stay on the books.

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Last month, the House voted in favor of repeal, and Governor Maggie Hassan had said she would sign the measure into law.

New Hampshire last executed someone in 1939.

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The repeal measure would have kept the state’s lone death row inmate eligible for execution. Michael Addison was convicted in 2008 of killing a Manchester police officer two years earlier. His case is being appealed.

It was the closest a repeal measure has come in New Hampshire since 2000. That year, both houses passed it, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.

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