Texas ex­e­cutes man who killed prison guard in 1999

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION - By Michael Graczyk The As­so­ci­ated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas in­mate con­victed in the death of a prison guard was ex­e­cuted Thurs­day af­ter the U.S. Supreme Court re­jected his lawyers’ at­tempts to halt the pun­ish­ment.

Robert Pruett was given a lethal in­jec­tion for the fa­tal at­tack on cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer Daniel Na­gle in De­cem­ber 1999 at a prison south­east of San An­to­nio. Na­gle was re­peat­edly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, though an au­topsy showed he died from a heart at­tack that the as­sault caused. Pros­e­cu­tors have said the stab­bing stemmed from a dis­pute over a peanut but­ter sand­wich that

Pruett wanted to take into a recre­ation yard against prison rules.

In his fi­nal state­ment be­fore be­ing put to death, the 38-year-old Pruett said he hurt a lot of peo­ple and a lot of peo­ple hurt him.

He said he was sorry and held no grudges.

“I’ve had to learn lessons in life the hard way,” he said. “One day there won’t be a need to hurt peo­ple.”

He told his friends who were watch­ing the ex­e­cu­tion through a win­dow that he loved them. “I’m ready to go,” Pruett said. “Nighty night, ev­ery­body. I’m done, war­den.”

As the lethal dose of the pow­er­ful seda­tive pen­to­bar­bi­tal be­gan to flow, he started to chant: “Love. Light. It’s for­ever.”

He was pro­nounced dead at

6:46 p.m. CDT, 29 min­utes af­ter be­ing given the drug.

Robert Pruett

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