Texas in­mate ex­e­cuted for guard’s death

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - BUSINESS -

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

Robert Pruett was given a lethal in­jec­tion for the De­cem­ber 1999 death of cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer Daniel Na­gle at a prison south­east of San An­to­nio. Na­gle was re­peat­edly stabbed with a tapewrapped metal rod, though an au­topsy showed he died from a heart at­tack that the as­sault caused.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the at­tack stemmed from a dis­pute over a peanut but­ter sand­wich Pruett wanted to take into a recre­ation yard against prison rules.

In his fi­nal state­ment be­fore be­ing put to death, the 38-yearold Pruett said he hurt a lot of peo­ple and a lot of peo­ple hurt him. He said he was sorry and held no grudges.

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