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January 30, 2016


DAILYKENN.com -- In 1979 he "executed" an innocent gas station attendant named Roger Tackett. 

Tuesday, nearly 37 years after the crime, Brandon Jones will make his grand exit, compliments of the state of Georgia. 

At 72 he is the oldest inmate on Georgia's death row. 

Jones and co-defendant Van Roosevelt Jones were both sentenced to die for murdering Roger Tackett, who had stayed after closing at the Tenneco convenience store and gas station to finish paperwork.

Tackett was shot five times early Father’s Day morning almost 37 years ago. Jones and Solomon were immediately arrested because a Cobb County police officer was outside the store at the time, having driven a stranded motorist to the Tenneco to use the pay phone.

Solomon was electrocuted Feb. 20, 1985, while Jones’ execution was delayed when a federal judge ordered him re-sentenced because the jury that convicted him and voted for death in 1979 had a Bible in the room during deliberations. Jones was re-sentenced to death in 1997.

Jones is the oldest man on Georgia’s Death Row and stands to be the oldest person the state has executed. His 73rd birthday is Valentine’s Day. — ajc.com


Ironically, had Jones not been incarcerated, he likely would already be dead. 

A 2011 study published by Reuters reported that black inmates tend to live longer than incarcerated black males:


Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.
The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.

But that pattern didn't hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.

Researchers say it's not the first time a study has found lower death rates among certain groups of inmates -- particularly disadvantaged people, who might get protection against violent injuries and murder. — source



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