Capital punishment is when you get executed for doing crimes that are under the categories of murder, rape and treason. Capital punishment had many different ways of execution, one being shot. Based on what I know about capital punishment, I think that the story took place in 1865-1961 because, Thomas Delaney was sentenced to capital punishment for raping a woman which after in 1962 the only way to get capital punishment was by killing a parol or police officer.
Personally, I don’t think he should’ve been killed for his actions, because there are murders who kill people and don’t get sentenced to life or anything close to death. Although I don’t support murder at all, I don’t think it’s fair I think a life sentence is appropriate because he was protecting his wife.