Virginia executes Robert Gleason, ending over a year of no executions
Robert Gleason Jr., 42, originally of Lowell, Mass., was pronounced dead January 16th, at 9:08 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Gleason was the 110th person put to death in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 and the first since August 2011.
Gleason was already charged with one in-prison murder when he committed another, then fired his attorneys and went court to insist on a death sentence. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit denied a request by Gleason's former attorneys to determine whether he was competent to waive his right to federal appeals.
"This is a bizarre case where the death penalty is actually the sole motivator for the killing," said John Sheldon, one of the attorneys.
For more information see http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-16/local/36384321_1_death-penalty-greensville-correctional-center-inmate
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