The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced plans to resume federal executions for the first time in 15 years.
Five inmates are scheduled to be put to death for their crimes, including Iowa-native Dustin Honken.
Honken received the death penalty in 2004 for five murders, including two children in 1993.
Their bodies were discovered in a mass grave near Mason City in 2000.
Retired Federal Judge Mark Bennett sat on the bench during Honken’s trial in Sioux City .