Texas inmate executed for guard’s death
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.