Manuel Pardo, Jr., Florida
Florida executed Manuel Pardo Jr. on December 11, 2012. Manuel was pronounced dead at 7:47 pm, local time, inside the execution chamber at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida. Manuel was 56 years of age. He was convicted and executed for murdering nine people over 92 days. Thirty-three-year-old Mario Amador and 28-year-old Roberto Alfonso were murdered on January 22, 1986. On January 28, 1986, 43-year-old Michael Millot was murdered. On February 27, 1986, 37-year-old Luis Robledo and 39-year-old Ulpiano Ledo were murdered. Finally, 28-year-old Fara Quintero, 30-year-old Sara Musa, 40-year-old Ramon Alvero Cruz, and 38-year-old Daisy Ricard on April 23, 1986.
Manuel initially confessed to all the murders, however, he later denied killing the woman. All nine were killed during robberies, although Manuel claims they were also all drug dealers. He was linked to the victims by items he had stolen from them. Manuel spent the last 24 years of his life on death row in Florida.
Growing up, Manuel was a member of the Boy Scouts and later joined the military, followed by a career in law enforcement, graduating at the top of his class. Manuel was later fired for falsely testifying for a colleague. After losing his job, Manuel became a drug dealer. He kept a detailed diary of the murders and had a collection of Nazi memorabilia. He claimed those he killed were drug dealers.
Manuel’s accomplice to the murders and fellow drug dealer, Rolando Garcia, was also charged with the murders. Rolando was initially sentenced to death, however, his conviction was later overturned. He has since been released from prison.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Mario Amador, Roberto Alfonso, Michael Millot, Luis Robledo, Ulpiano Ledo, Fara Quintero, Sara Musa, Ramon Alvero Cruz, and Daisy Ricard. Please pray for the family of Manuel Pardo.