HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas inmate convicted in the death of a prison guard has been executed after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyer's attempts to halt the punishment.
Robert Pruett was given a lethal injection Thursday evening for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio.
Nagle was repeatedly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, though an autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused.
Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules.
The 38-year-old Pruett was already serving a 99-year sentence for a neighbor's killing near Houston when he was convicted in Nagle's death.
In his final statement before being put to death, Pruett said he hurt a lot of people and a lot of people hurt him. He said he was sorry and held no grudges.
"I've had to learn lessons in life the hard way," he said. "One day there won't be a need to hurt people."
He told his friends who were watching the execution through a window that he loved them. "I'm ready to go," Pruett said. "Nighty night, everybody. I'm done, warden."
Pruett's execution is the sixth this year in Texas.
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