Georgia death row inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie's last wish was an unbelievable 11-course meal that stunned everyone
52-year-old Ray Jefferson Cromartie was convicted of killing a store worker in Thomasville in 1994 and is set to be injected with a lethal injection on October 30 after his last bid to get clemency was struck down
Life is too short to live to the fullest and if you are on the death penalty, the desperation is more obvious.
Ray Jefferson Cromartie, who was handed a death sentence in 1997 for murdering a store worker and is due to be executed on Wednesday, October 30, night has sought an extravagant last meal that includes steak and lobster.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, where Cromartie is housed, the 52-year-old has requested a 11-course meal comprising steak, lobster, macaroni and cheese, rice and gravy, steak and cheese sandwich, double cheeseburger, cube steak, fries, a side of ranch dressing, strawberry milkshake and layered cake with white icing.
While a number of states put a financial cap on an inmate’s final meal, Georgia has accommodated elaborate requests earlier. As it is suspected whether a person can digest that much quantity of food, a report in Mirror Online said the food could go waste.
Cromartie was convicted of fatally shooting Richard Slysz twice in the head during a robbery in Thomasville, Georgia, in April 1994. According to prosecutors, Cromartie and an accomplice, however, failed to open the cash register and instead stole two crates of beer.
Cromartie always denied having committed the crime but the Supreme Court of Georgia recently refused to stay his execution.
The convict still had a flicker of hope to live on till Tuesday, October 29, when the State Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down requests to stay his scheduled execution as well as clemency. The request came from Cromartie's representatives.
In September, Gary Otte, a double murderer from Ohio had for his final meal a mushroom and Swiss cheeseburger followed by a delicious dessert comprising a banana pie with Heath Bar ice cream.
But not all inmates choose the paths of Cromartie or Otte. In May, Don Johnson decided to skip his final meal and requested authorities to give it to the homeless.
The 68-year-old Johnson was convicted of suffocating his wife Connie to death in 1984 and stayed on a death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Tennessee till his last day on May 16.
Public defender Kelley Henry told Fox News later that Johnson understood that the $20 allotment for food he had was not enough to feed many homeless people and his request was to those who supported him to provide a meal to a person without shelter.