the stylish hanging has been replace with the easy needle in Texas. Texas youngest has been 17 at the "time of the crime", to receive the death penalty. Course' no one 17 years old was executed, they were on death row and were between the ages of 24 and 39 before executed.
In total 21 juvenile males have been executed since 1977 in the US. 20 of those were 17 "at the time of their crime" and 1 was 16. 12 of these executions took place in Texas (note they were at ages of 24 to 39), 3 in Virginia and one each in Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. Oklahoma put 16 year old Sean Sellars to death in 1999 making him the youngest person to be executed in the States since Leonard M Shockley, (also 16) was executed in Maryland on April 10th, 1959.
In October 2002 The Supreme Court upheld the legality of executing juveniles in the appeal case of Kentucky's Kevin Stanford, who was 17 years 4 months, at the time he committed a brutal murder. The governor of Kentucky subsequently decided to commute his sentence to life in prison.
On June 16, 1944, child murderer, George Junius Stinney Jr., age 14 years and 7 months, became the youngest person to be legally executed in the United States (in Columbia) during the 20th century.
Minimum age for the application of the death penalty:
"According to statute, in order to be eligible for execution, Texas offenders must be at least 17 at the time of the offense (the minimum age for execution as required by Stanford v. Kentucky is 16).
Texas Penal Code