New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the state’s death penalty.
The Governor, who has stated his opposition to repealing the law in the past, was surrounded by police officers.
The latest effort to repeal the death penalty had been passed by large majorities in both the New Hampshire Senate and House earlier this year.
Only one person is on death row in the Granite State. Michael Addison was sentenced to death for murdering Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in October, 2006.
State lawmakers can still override the veto when they reconvene in the fall.
New Hampshire is the only New England state that allows executions, It hasn’t carried out that sentence since 1939.