Protest planned for Foster

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Although Ron Chris Foster received a reprieve from execution, Natchez resident Mary Jane Gaudet is still asking anyone with &uot;a candle, a sign or a prayer&uot; to come to a vigil at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Gaudet had planned the prayer vigil before Gov. Ronnie Musgrove extended a temporary reprieve because of constitutional questions related to Foster’s sentence.

Gaudet said she felt she had to protest the possible execution of a man who was 17 when he killed a convenience store clerk during a robbery.

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&uot;I personally feel very strongly about this,&uot; said Gaudet, who does not believe in the death penalty. &uot;I don’t believe the man shouldn’t be punished &045; I think he should be punished severely.

&uot;I hope anyone who has a similar feeling might bring a candle, might bring a sign, might bring a prayer.

The prayer vigil will be held at the gazebo on the bluffs.