May 19: Executed Criminals’ Last Words (Law and Lawyers)

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May 19

Executed Criminals’ Last Words  

 

383.

Well, I hope Percy ain’t going to wet the sponge. Put me on the highway to Jackson and call my Irish buddies. Pog mo thoin. God bless.” [In Irish Gaelic, the phrase “Pog mo thoin,” is translated as “Kiss my ass.”]

~Final Statement of Robert Gleason Jr., executed January 16, 2013 9:08 p.m. by electric chair in Virginia, the first execution in the United States in 2013.

Crime Summary

Robert Gleason Jr. was serving a life sentence for the murder of Michael Kent Jamerson in Amherst County. Prosecutors said that the murder was done to help conceal Gleason’s involvement with a known drug gang. While in prison in 2009, Gleason murdered his cellmate, 63-year-old Harvey Watson Jr. after prison officials refused to move him out of his cell. He pleaded guilty and vowed to continue killing unless he was given the death penalty.

Gleason was placed in high security for the most dangerous inmates, but managed to strangle 26-year-old Aaron Cooper in the recreation yard. Both men were in separate cages. Gleason pleaded guilty again and was sentenced to death. He waived his appeals, and chose to be put to death in the electric chair, which was granted.

 

 

384.

The best time in my life is during this period. If I had to do [it] again, I would not change a thing. I have been touched by an angel’s wings. If I had it to do again, I would change Dwyer’s parents suffering, [he began to cry] because I know they are. I know that is not going to eliminate the pain, because I have a child. [He then thanked his supporters and added:] And if this takes the pain away, so be it. I love you. I’m ready to go. There better not be a mix-up here, (he laughed) I don’t want no stay.

~Jamie McCoskey, 49 (executed on November 12, 2013 at 6:44 p.m. CDT by lethal injection in Texas)

Victim: Michael Keith Dwyer, 24

 

385.

[Speaking to his family] “Give mom a hug for me and tell her that I love her. Take me home, Jesus. Take me home, Lord. I ain’t left yet, must be a miracle. I am a miracle. Y’all do understand that I came here a sinner and leaving a saint?” He told his son not to cry and told his family he would see them again. He then told the warden that he was ready. He did not acknowledge his victim’s family members.

~Marvin Lee Wilson (executed August 7, 2012 06:27 p.m. CDT by lethal injection in Texas)

Victim: Jerry Robert Williams, 21, murdered on November 10, 1992. Wilson’s execution was the 25th in the U.S. and seventh in Texas in 2012.

 

 

Break

I take a break

On Sunday morn.

Go talk with God:

The veil is torn.

NUMBERS CHAPTER ONE

BOOK OF NUMBERS

IN BLANK VERSE

NUMBERS CHAPTER ONE

1 God spoke to Moses in the Meeting Tent

Within the Sinai Desert on the first day,

The second month, the second year that came

After the Israelites came out of Egypt.

He said: 2 “Go take a census of the whole

Community of Israelites by clans

And families, listing every man by name,

One by one. 3 You and Aaron are to number

By their divisions men in Israel

Twenty years old or more who can serve in

The army. 4 One man from each tribe, each one                  

The family head, shall help you. 5 These are names

Of men who will assist you: out of Reuben,

Elizur son of Shedeur; 6 out of

Simeon, Shelumiel son of Zur-

Ishaddai; 7 out of Judah, Nahshon, as

Amminadab’s son; 8 out of Issachar,

Nethanel son of Zuar; 9 Zebulun

Supplied Eliab son of Helon; 10 from

The sons of Joseph: out of Ephraim,

Elishama the son of Ammihud;

Out of Manasseh, Gamaliel son of

Pedahzur; 11 out of Benjamin, Abidan

The son of Gideoni; 12 out of Dan,

Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai; 13 from

Asher, Pagiel son of Ocran; 14 out

Of Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel;

15 From Naphtali, Ahira son of Enan.”

16 Appointed out of the community,

These men led their ancestral tribes. They led

The clans of Israel. 17 And Moses and

Aaron took all these men whose names had been

Given; 18 they called the whole community

To meet the first day of the second month.

The people stated ancestry by clans  

And families, and the men twenty years

Old or older were listed by their names,

One by one, 19 as the LORD told Moses, so

He counted them inside the Sinai Desert:

20 From Reuben the firstborn son of Israel,

His seed: Men twenty years old or more who

Could serve as army soldiers were put down

By their names, one by one, by records of

Their clans and families. 21 The number out

Of Reuben’s tribe was forty-six thousand and

Five hundred. 22 From the seed of Simeon:

All the men twenty years old or more who

Were able to be soldiers in the army

Were counted and were listed by their names,

One by one, by the records of their clans

And families. 23 The number from the tribe

Of Simeon was fifty-nine thousand

Three hundred. 24 From the seed of Gad: All men

Twenty years old or more who could serve in

The army were marked down by name, by records

Of their own clans and families. 25 The number

Out of Gad’s tribe was forty-five thousand

Six hundred fifty. 26 From the seed of Judah:

All the men twenty years old or more who

Could serve as soldiers in the army were

Listed by name by records of their clans

            And families. 27 The number from the tribe

Of Judah totaled seventy-four thousand

Six hundred. 28 From the seed of Issachar:

All the men twenty years old or more who

Could serve as soldiers in the army were

Listed by name, by records of their clans

And families. 29 The number from the tribe

Of Issachar was fifty-four thousand

Four hundred. 30 From the seed of Zebulun:

All men twenty years old or more who could

Serve in the army were put down by name,

By records of their clans and families.

31 The number from the tribe of Zebulun

Was fifty-seven thousand four hundred.

32 From Joseph’s sons: From Ephraim’s seed: All

Men twenty years old or more who were able

To serve within the army were put down

By name, according to the records of

Their clans and families. 33 The number from

Ephraim’s tribe was forty thousand and

Five hundred. 34 From Manasseh’s seed: All men

            Twenty years old or more who could serve in

            The army were put down by name, according

To records of their clans and families.

35 The number from Manasseh’s tribe was thirty-

Two thousand and two hundred. 36 From the seed

Of Benjamin: All the men twenty years

Old or more who could serve as army soldiers

Were put down by their names, by records of

Their clans and families. 37 The number from

The tribe of Benjamin was thirty-five

Thousand four hundred. 38 From the seed of Dan:

All men twenty years old or more who could

Serve in the army were put down by name,

By records of their clans and families.

39 The number from the tribe of Dan was sixty-

Two thousand seven hundred. 40 From the seed

Of Asher: All men twenty years old or

More who could serve within the army were

Listed by name, by records of their clans

And families. 41 The number from the tribe

Of Asher: forty-one thousand five hundred;

42 And from the seed of Naphtali: All men

Twenty years old or more who could serve in

The army were put down by name, according

To records of their clans and families.

43 The number from the tribe of Naphtali

Was fifty-three thousand four hundred. 44 Moses

            And Aaron and all the twelve leaders of

            Israel, each one representing his

Family, counted all these men, 45 for all

Israelites twenty years old or more who

Could serve in Israel’s own army were

Counted according to their families.

46 The total number was six hundred three

Thousand five hundred fifty. 47 But out of

Levi’s tribe, though, no families were counted

With others, 48 for the LORD had said to Moses:

49 “Do not count Levi’s tribe and leave them from

The census of the other Israelites.

50 Instead, appoint the Levites to attend

The tabernacle of the Testimony−

Its furnishings and everything belonging

To it. They are to bear the tabernacle

And all its furnishings; they shall take care

Of it and make a camp around it. 51 When

The tabernacle is to move, the Levites

Shall take it down, and when the tabernacle

Is to be set up, Levites shall do it.

Anyone else who goes near it is to

Be put to death. 52 The Israelites shall set

Their tents up by divisions, each man in

His own camp underneath his own standard, 53 but

The Levites shall set up their tents around

The tabernacle of the Testimony

So that the Lord will not be angry with

The Israelite community. The Levites

Are to care for the tabernacle of

The Testimony.” 54 And the Israelites,         

Just as the LORD told Moses, did this right.