Imprisoned since the age of 15 years, a 38-year-old executed in Texas

Illustration of an american prison — ROBYN BECK / AFP

Robert Pruett, 38-year-old will not have lived a single day of his adult life outside of a prison. The man was executed Thursday by the u.s. State of Texas, after having been sentenced for the murder of a prison guard, despite no material evidence establishing his direct involvement in the murder.

It has been run at 18h46 local (23h46 GMT), about an hour after the supreme Court of the United States has rejected the final appeal for clemency launched by his lawyers.

Arrested at the age of 15 years

“I just want to tell everyone here that I love you so much. I have done wrong to a lot of people and many have done me wrong, ” he said in his last statement.

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“I had to learn the lessons of life the hard way. One day, we will no longer need to hurt people, ” he continued before saying his goodbyes, according to a press release from the department of criminal Justice of Texas.

Robert Pruett was only 15 years old when he was arrested for aiding and abetting a homicide committed by his father.

Bounced around between a mother a drug addict and a father who was often imprisoned

He had then been sentenced to 99 years behind bars, according to a very controversial law of Texas which does incur a penalty identical to the main actor of a homicide and his accomplices.

This sentence equivalent to a life sentence has been criticised as representative of a criminal justice system ultra-repressive, offering no hope to a teenager at the children bounced around between a mother a drug addict and a father who was often imprisoned.

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Robert Pruett had started at the age of seven years to take drugs, and he sold as early as primary school. While being a minor, he had been incarcerated in an adult prison.

At the age of 20 years, he found himself accused of the murder of prison officers. Daniel Nagle had been found bathed in his blood, stabbed with a metal rod. He came to write a disciplinary report on Robert Pruett, who has always proclaimed his innocence.

Of the DNA analysis not conclusive

The prosecutors have ensured that Pruett had killed the guard in retaliation of this unfavourable report. The inmate says his side have been the victim of a sting operation by agents of the corrupt and other prisoners.

Since 2013, Robert Pruett has escaped several times to a schedule, by requiring DNA analysis on the clothing, the weapon of the crime and the disciplinary report torn.

These analyses proved to be inconclusive and did not prove the presence of Pruett on the scene of the murder of the warden Nagle. The results, however, were not judged to be sufficiently compelling to question the verdict.

The family of Daniel Nagle, responded to the announcement of the execution through her sister Nora Oyler, as cited in the press release of the authorities texan : “Even if it has been 18 years that we have been kidnapped, Daniel, we still miss every day and the performance will not diminish in any way our loss. We have chosen to spend this time away from media to be able to celebrate the life of Daniel and not the tragedy of his death.”

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