Donald Grant: Oklahoma death row inmate's last meal had 3 pints of strawberry ice cream
Donald Grant, convicted for murder of a hotel manager and an employee at a La Quinta Inn during a robbery just outside Oklahoma City in 2001 was executed on January 27,2022. Grant, the first person to be given the death penalty in 2022, asked for three pints of strawberry ice cream just before his execution.
After requesting a very large meal, the inmate was given a lethal injection, currently the only approved method in Oklahoma. Grant's menu included sesame chicken, six egg rolls, shrimp fried rice and a large apple fritter. If there was no dessert, Grant asked for three pints of strawberry ice cream.
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According to reports, Grant's last words were "yo God I got this, I got this, it's nothing" before saying "I've got things to handle, no doubt, no doubt." He also said "Brooklyn for life" among his other chants. Grant reportedly grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in and out of various foster homes.
Following the execution, Attorney General of Oklahoma, John O'Connor said: "The State's execution of Donald Grant was carried out with zero complications at 10:16 this morning. Justice is now served for Brenda McElyea, Felecia Suzette Smith, and the people of Oklahoma." On July 18, 2001, Grant was accused for murder of two women Brenda McElyea, 29, and Felicia Suzette Smith, 43 at a La Quinta Inn in Del City, Oklahoma.
According to the NY Post, Grant was 25 years old at the time of the robbery. Grant wrote in his confession, "So I'm sitting in the house cleaning my gun with kill on my mind for whoever's a** is there," as per The Oklahoman. The women reportedly suffered both gunshot and stab wounds. Grant was arrested after being found in New York by members of a US Marshals' task force.
Shirl Pilcher, sister of one of Grant's victims, Brenda McElyea, who witnessed the execution told Fox News, "Our memories can hopefully be less jaded and clouded by the past." Pilcher further added, "For me, whenever I have a thought of her I always have to go back to, ‘Is he going to get out? Is something going to change? And now today I know that that’s finally over and that's done."