Inmate Set for Firing Squad Eats Last Meal
Convicted murderer Ronnie Gardner, center, sits with his defense lawyer Andrew Parnes in Judge Robin Reese's courtroom at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, April 23, 2010. Judge Reese is being asked to issue a warrant setting an execution date for Gardner. Under state law Gardner, 49, would be allowed to decide whether he would be killed by lethal injection or be shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to Utah's territorial history. (AP Photo/Francisco Kjolseth, Pool)
AP Photo/Francisco Kjolseth
Utah Department of Corrections officials say a condemned inmate set for execution by firing squad on Friday has already eaten his last meal.
The department says in a Wednesday news release that Ronnie Lee Gardner dined on steak, lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream and 7UP.
Prison officials say Gardner ate the meal prepared by the prison kitchen Tuesday night and now intends to fast until the execution.
Attorneys for Gardner have filed appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court hoping to block the execution.
The 49-year-old Gardner was sentenced to death in 1985 for the fatal shooting of an attorney during an attempted escape from the old Salt Lake City courthouse that same year.
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