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Death Row Inmate Pulls Out All The Stops For His Last Meal

Keith Tharpe wants everything from a roast beef sandwich to a vanilla milkshake. Why not go all out?

A Georgia man set to be executed Tuesday (July 10) has made a lavish last meal request.

According to The Georgia Department of Corrections Keith Tharpe has requested three spicy chicken breasts, a roast beef sandwich with sauce, a fish sandwich, tater logs, (potato wedges) onion rings, an apple pie and a vanilla milkshake.

And if the needle doesn't kill him, this meal will certainly do him under.

Tharpe was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of Jacqueline Freeman. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 26, 2017, but the U.S. Supreme Court requested the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals re-examine Tharpe's case after it was revealed a racist juror convicted him.

During Tharpe's original trial, the jurors unanimously agreed on the death penalty. Seven years later during an appeal, Tharpe's legal team interviewed Barney Gattie who boldly made racist remarks, stating there's a difference between “good black folks” like the victim's family and “n*****s.”

Gattie reportedly sighted the OJ. Simpson case and said the "white woman… wouldn’t have been killed if she hadn’t have married that black man.” Gattie also questioned, "if black people even have souls.”

Despite the outlandish comments by Gattie, it still didn't stop Tharpe's execution.

The last meal for inmates has merited a certain fascination with the public. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of fried chicken from KFC, a pound of strawberries and French fries. Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh asked for two pints of chocolate chip ice cream before his 2001 execution. Ted Bundy, who confessed to killing 30 people declined a specific meal and was given the state standard before meeting his fate in 1989.

Not every state honors last meals. In Florida, the meal must not exceed the $40 cap and the food must be purchased locally. The one request that won't be honored as of late is alcohol. In 1977, inmate Gary Gilmore was granted three shots of Jack Daniels to go with his hamburger, baked potato, hard boiled egg, and coffee.

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A Florida judge made headlines last week when he sentenced a man to 10 days in jail for oversleeping and missing jury duty. Now, CNN reports the judge has cleared the young man's record.

Judge John Kastrenakes found 21-year-old Deandre Somerville in contempt of court for not showing up to jury duty during a civil trial. Kastrenakes vacated the contempt of court charge and cleared Somerville's record.

The West Palm Beach resident was originally sentenced to 10 days, 150 hours of community service, a written apology of no less than 100 words and $233 in fines. Judge Kastrenakes' decision prompted swift outrage on social media as Sommerville does not have a criminal record.

The judge reportedly reduced the sentence Friday when Sommerville appeared before the court to read the letter. "Before my hearing, I walked into the courtroom a free man with no criminal record. I left a criminal in handcuffs. This was an immature decision that I made, and I paid the price for my freedom," Somerville said while reading his letter.

On Saturday the Judge said Somerville's letter was 'moving, sincere and heartfelt " and noted that he "has been totally rehabilitated."

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A Texas Man Robbed A Bank The Day Before His Wedding To Pay For The Ring

A Texas man has been charged with aggravated robbery for robbing a bank the day before his wedding to pay for the ring and venue.

According to reports, Heath Edward Bumpus approached a bank teller at Citizens State Bank on Saturday (Oct. 4) and said he had a weapon and demanded money, which he left with.

“He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn’t have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy and he needed to pay for the wedding venue,” Sheriff Woody Wallace said.

After learning of the robbery, Wallace posted Bumpus' photo on Trinity County Sherriff’s Facebook page in hopes the public would assist with his capture. In an ironic turn of events, Bumpus' fiancee saw the photo, called him and convinced him to turn himself into authorities.

“His fiancée, who he was supposed to marry tomorrow, was able to get in touch with him on the phone when she saw our post on Facebook. She knew it was him. She contacted him and asked him if he robbed a bank. She convinced him that she knew it was him. His picture was all on Facebook. He needed to turn himself in,” said Wallace in a video posted to his Facebook page.

Wallace said most of the money was returned, along with the clothes he threw out the window of his car and the gun he hid during the robbery.

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NYPD Arrests 24-Year-Old Suspect In Quadruple Homeless Homicide

There appears to be no rhyme or reason behind the vicious attacks on five of New York City's homeless, which has left not only the community but other New Yorkers shaking their heads in dismay.

According to The New York Times, Rudy Rodriguez Santos was arrested and charged in the quadruple homicide, which took place at about 2 AM Saturday (Oct. 5) in the Chinatown section of the city. Authorities have not released the names of the victims but revealed one of them was an 83-years-old man. The fifth victim has been transported to a nearby hospital.

Advocates for the homeless say there's no way to know exactly how many men and women are living on the street, however, in a 2018 tally the number was 3,588, with 62,000 men and women living in shelters.

Blocks away from the scene, police found 24-year-old Santos holding a bloody metal bar. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” Michael Baldassano, the chief of Manhattan South Detectives said. “No one was targeted by race, age, anything of that nature.”

Santos was captured on surveillance footage approaching the area where one of the attacks took place. Another attack was recorded on a security camera. When approached by investigators, Santos identified himself in the video but didn't confess to the crime. He later asked for an attorney.

Tang Wu, a manager of the Forever Health Pharmacy at 2 East Broadway, caught the attacks on his store's camera and was flabbergasted at the callousness of it all.

“They have nowhere to live and you beat them to death,” Wu said. “How terrible.”

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