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.