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Inmate Set for Firing Squad Eats Last Meal

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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