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Kenneth Edward GENTRY

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Fugitive - To assume victim's identity
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: September 10, 1983
Date of arrest: 5 days after
Date of birth: January 28, 1961
Victim profile: Jimmy Don Ham, 23 (hitchhiker)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Denton County, Texas, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Texas on April 16, 1997
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Date of Execution:
April 16, 1997
Offender:
Kenneth Gentry #760
Last Statement:
Thank the Lord for the past 14 years that have allowed me to grow as a man

To J.D.s family, I am sorry for the suffering you have gone through the past 14 years. I hope you can get some peace tonight.

To my family, I am happy to be going home to Jesus.

Sweet Jesus, here I come. Take me home. I am going your way.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Kenneth Gentry, executed April 16, 1997

Last meal request:

A bowl of butter beans, mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, biscuits, chocolate cake and Dr Pepper with ice.

 
 

Texas Executes Killer of a Hitchhiker

The New York Times

April 17, 1997

A prison escapee who killed a hitchhiker nearly 14 years ago was executed by injection tonight.

The inmate, Kenneth Gentry, 36, had exhausted his appeals and no 11th-hour efforts were made to save his life.

Mr. Gentry was condemned for the 1983 murder of Jimmy Don Ham, 23, a hitchhiker he picked up and befriended with the hope of assuming his identity. He was trying to shake the authorities from his native Georgia, where he had escaped from prison in July 1982 by driving a prison car through a fence.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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