FAMOUS LAST MEALS FOR MURDERERS ON DEATH ROW - ENJOY! - CLAUDE JONES
Claude Howard Jones
Charge: Liquor store robbery and murder in Texas
Year of execution: 2000
The prosecution claimed that in November 1989, Jones entered Zell's liquor store in Point Blank and shot the owner, Allen Hilzendager, three times while he went to retrieve a bottle for him.
Jones and his two accomplices before fleeing with $900 in cash stolen from the register.
Three days later, the trio robbed a bank in Humble, Texas, obtaining $14,000 in loot.
They then went on a weekend trip to Las Vegas. About three weeks after the liquor store robbery, Jones was arrested in Florida for bank robbery.
Jones was executed in December 2000 at age 60, the last person put to death during George W. Bush's time as governor.
In his final statement, Jones did not acknowledge guilt but told the Hilzendager family he hoped his death 'can bring some closure to y'all. I am sorry for your loss and hey, I love all y'all. Let's go.'
"Jones, who also used the aliases Carl Roy Davis, Butch Jones, and Douglas Ray Starke, had eleven prior convictions in Texas for crimes including murder, armed robbery, assault, and burglary. He served 6 years of a 9-year prison sentence from 1959 to 1963 and three years of a 5-year sentence from 1963 to 1965. In 1976, he was convicted of murder, robbery, and assault in Kansas and received a life sentence. While in Kansas prison, Jones killed another inmate. "...by LIGHTING HIM ON FIRE.
These were not "innocent men". The first was an habitual criminal who'd resorted to violence and escaped the obvious and known killing of a cop in front of witnesses on a technicality. The second was a mean, worthless human who SHOULD have been killed long before.