US inmate who fought for death penalty executed

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In this Tuesday Jan. 25. 2012 file photo, Robert Gleason Jr. is escorted into a Wise County courtroom in Wise, Va. An execution date of Jan. 16, 2013 has been set for Gleason, who strangled two inmates in the state’s highest security prisons and vowed to keep killing unless he was put to death. AP/Bristol Herald Courier, David Crigger

JARRATT, Virginia — A man who strangled his prison cellmate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn’t executed has been put to death in Virginia’s electric chair.

Robert Gleason Jr. was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center.

The 42-year-old inmate was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, inmates can choose between electrocution and lethal injection.

Gleason had fought last-minute attempts by former attorneys to stop the execution. He told The Associated Press he deserved to die for what he did.

Gleason was serving life in prison for a 2007 murder when he killed his cellmate in 2009. He strangled another inmate in 2010.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    We should the same for all the heinous crimeys committed by criminals and corrupt politicians who plunder–death penalty be given for them.

  • jo4210

    There are obvious death penalty deserving crimes in PHL and even though it may not cut down on crimes, the government might do some serious thinking of maybe bringing it back IMHO.

  • Jejomar_Binay

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