Almost 19 years ago, the Ryce family was changed forever at the hands of Juan Carlos Chavez when he took the life of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce. At 8:17 pm Wednesday night, in front of Jimmy Ryce’s father, brother and several other witnesses, Chavez was executed by lethal injection.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the man who raped, murdered, and then dismembered the body of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce received the state of Florida’s ultimate punishment Wednesday when he was executed.
As the family of Jimmy Ryce wait for the execution of his killer, Juan Carlos Chavez, a special prayer service was held by the Archdiocese of Miami at St. Martha’s Catholic Church for both the Ryce family and the convicted killer.
“It’s been a long, long time coming,” said the father of Jimmy Ryce, upon learning that Wednesday, February 12th is the day the man who kidnapped, raped, murdered and dismembered his 9-year-old son, will be put to death.
Don Ryce is ready to step into the witness room and see Juan Carlos Chavez pay the ultimate price for the gruesome murder of his 9-year-old son Jimmy.
Nearly two decades after the murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce, the South Florida boy’s legacy lives on thanks to a partnership between law enforcement and the Jimmy Ryce Foundation.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the sadistic killer of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce is set for execution on February 12th. One of the things we’ll be waiting to see is if Chavez will express any sort of remorse. We hear from Jimmy’s father Don, and his brother Ted. And Jim hosts a reporter roundtable with CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez and Gary Nelson who will be in Starke when Chavez meets his executioner.
This week, the man convicted in the rape and murder of 9-year old Jimmy Ryce is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection. Jimmy’s father, Don Ryce, said the death of Juan Carlos Chavez will finally bring some measure of justice.
The South Dade man convicted of killing Jimmy Ryce in 1995 has filed an appeal with the United States Supreme Court to stay his execution, which is currently scheduled for next Wednesday.