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QUINTIN Jones reportedly begged for mercy in his final moments before he was executed by lethal injection yesterday evening.
The Texan killed his great-aunt Berthena Bryant, 83, in 1999 as he beat her with a baseball bat she used for protection.
The Supreme Court denied an appeal from Jones to spare his life – hours before he was put to death, the Daily Star reports.
The killer's final words were: "I would like to thank all the supporting people who helped me over the years."
He said he was glad to leave the world "a better, more positive place" as he praised his family and friends.
Jones added: "It’s all part of life, like a big full plate of food for the soul. I hope I left everyone a plate of food full of happy memories, happiness, and no sadness."
A video published in the New York Times last week captured the moment Jones pleaded with Texas governor Greg Abbott to spare his life.
He said: "I know you don’t know me. I’m writing this letter to ask you if you could find it in your heart to grant me clemency, so I don’t get executed on 19 May. I got two weeks to live, starting today.
"All I'm asking you to do, Governor Abbott, is give me a second chance at life."
Over 170,000 signed a Change.org petition asking Abbott to grant Jones clemency. He did not.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Jones' petition for clemency, despite having granted it in a similar case three years ago for a white man.
Jones' lawyer filed a complaint, claiming the parole board may have denied the killer clemency due to his race but it was dismissed.
The 41-year-old was arrested in 1999 for beating his great-aunt Berthena Bryant, 83, to death and stealing $30 to pay for drugs.
He beat Bryant with the bat she kept for her own protection.
At the trial, Jones admitted the killing and showed remorse for it.
His great-aunt Mattie Long – the victim's sister – said she had forgiven Jones.
She told CBS News: "I love him very much."
Jones was the 571st inmate to be executed by lethal injection in the Lone Star state but no journalists were present.
Texas Tribune reporter Jolie McCullough said: "Having witnessed executions myself, I can’t overstate how important it is for the media to be a part of them.
"Officials reports never tell the full picture of what happens when the state wields its greatest power over life. This transparency is necessary."
Texas leads the nation in executions each year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Five of the six people expected to be put to death in 2021 are in Texas.
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