Thomas West, Arizona


June 30, 2011

Thomas Paul West was executed by the state of Arizona on June 30, 2011. Thomas was pronounced dead at 11:10 am MST, inside the execution chamber at the Central Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, Arizona. Thomas was 52 years of age. He was executed for the robbery and murder of 53-year-old Donald Lee Bortle on July 12, 1987, in Tucson, Arizona. Thomas bragged to friends of what he had done, before fleeing the state. He was arrested in Illinois after a friend alerted police. Thomas spent the last 23 years of his life on Arizona’s death row.

As a child, Thomas’ father verbally and physically abused him. Thomas was also sexually abused by a teacher, a neighbor, and a priest. Thomas dropped out of school after the ninth grade. As an adult, Thomas was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Thomas had previously worked as a drywaller.

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Donald Bortle. Please pray for the family of Thomas.


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