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I am a man who has been on Florida's Death Row over 21 years, for a killing I did not do. And the man who did the killing have been off death row about ten years.

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Gary Johnson - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 12 January 2010, 19:40
End : Tuesday 12 January 2010, 19:40

Gary Johnson - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution - January 12, 2010

Victims: James Hazelton, Peter Sparagana

The Crime: Gary Johnson was convicted in the April 1986 murders of 28-year-old James Hazelton and 23-year-old Peter Sparagana at a ranch in Huntsville. Both men were shot to death after surprising Johnson and his brother Terry Johnson who were burglarizing the property.
Each victim was shot three times with at least two different pistols.

Gary Johnson had once been employed at the ranch.

HUNTSVILLE — Convicted killer Gary Johnson was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a ranch foreman and another man who interrupted his burglary of a southeast Texas ranch nearly 24 years ago.

Johnson, 59, was the second inmate to receive lethal injection this year in the state that executes the most prisoners. At least six others have execution dates scheduled for the coming months.

He was condemned for the April 1986 slayings of James Hazelton, 28, and Hazelton’s brother-in-law, Peter Sparagana, 23. The two were gunned down while investigating a call from a neighbor who reported intruders had driven through a chained gate at the Triple Creek Ranch about 10 miles west of Huntsville.

Hazelton’s brother, George, was among who watched Johnson die. He stood just a few feet away and watched through a glass window. He declined to meet with reporters following the execution.

One of Johnson’s brothers, Dell, and a daughter were among witnesses in an adjacent room.

Johnson declined the warden’s offer to make a final statement.

“Just tell my family good bye,” he said. But then, his voice choking with emotion, he urged relatives to tell other family members “what they did was wrong for letting me take the fall for what they did.”

“I never done anything in my life to anybody,” he said.

Eleven minutes later, at 6:26 p.m. CST, he was pronounced dead.

Last Meal: Po-boy sandwich, milk chocolate, Coke or Dr. Pepper and a cherry or apple pastry.

Final Statement:
“Tell my family goodbye,” he said. “... you tell the rest of them what they did was wrong for letting me fall for what they did. I never done anything in my life to anybody.”

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