A Georgia death row inmate requested a massive last meal before her execution according to reports. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, was sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, Douglas. Gissendaner will be given a lethal injection in the coming days according to The SpreadIt. She will be the first female executed in the state of Georgia since 1945.
Many death row inmates are granted a last meal of their choosing, and that was indeed the case for Gissendaner — and she didn’t hold back. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the meal consisted of some 4,200 calories, and included things like cornbread, Burger King Whoppers, French fries, ice cream, and popcorn.
The Georgia death row inmate’s massive last meal will be paid for by tax payers, which stirs plenty of controversy. Many feel that someone who has been sentenced to death should not be given a “last meal” of their choosing, especially not one that is so outrageous as what Gissendaner has chosen. Interestingly enough, the state of Texas has decided to do away with the tradition, and many are calling for other states to do the same.
“The Lone Star State ended the tradition in 2013 after convicted murderer Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a long list of items that included two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts, and refused to eat any of the food,” reports The Spreadit.
The Georgia death row inmate’s massive last meal will be presented to her before Feb. 25, which is the date that she is scheduled to receive her lethal injection. According to ABC News, there is no guarantee that Gissendaner will eat the food that she requested, despite the specific nature of her order. Some death row inmates like to make these orders very elaborate (for example, Gissendaner ordered a salad with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese, and buttermilk dressing), and then choose to not eat them. This is something that infuriates many authorities, but it is not uncommon.
It’s unknown if Gissendaner’s intentions are to actually eat any or all of the food that she has requested, or if she thinks that she is going to go out with the last laugh.
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[Photo courtesy of the Georgia Department of Corrections via ABC News]