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Butts Execution Final Media Advisory

Commissioner: 
Gregory C. Dozier
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Kasandra Ortiz
Contact Email: 
Kasandra.Ortiz@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
May 4, 2018
STATE OF GEORGIA

Butts Execution Final Media Advisory

FORSYTH, Ga. – The execution of condemned murderer Robert Earl Butts Jr. scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson was carried out on May 4, 2018 at 9:58 p.m. in accordance with state law. Butts did not accept a final prayer and recorded a final statement. Butts was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of Donovan Corey Parks.

There have been 70 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Butts was the 49th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 52 men under death sentence in Georgia. 

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit http://www.gdc.ga.gov



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