Haunted by regret for allowing two men to be executed more than a decade ago, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says it'll never happen again on his watch.
Mr Kitzhaber said he would issue a reprieve to twice-convicted murderer and Death Row inmate Gary Haugen, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection in two weeks in the United States.
He said he would do the same for any other condemned inmates facing execution during his tenure in office.
The decision has prompted Haugen, 49, to label the governor a coward, saying Mr Kitzhaber didn't have the guts to put him to death. More