A Pizza Hut pizza was the main dish in Mississippi Death Row inmate Gary Carl Simmons Jr.'s last meal Wednesday. (Photo: Business Wire)
To keep the upper hand over Death Row inmates, Mississippi prison officials might want to take a page from the Texas playbook regarding last meals.
Wednesday night, Mississippi executed Gary Carl Simmons Jr., but not before he requested and got an estimated 29,000-calorie feast.
Simmons, a former grocery-store butcher, was convicted of dismembering a 21-year-old man with carving knives in 1996 and raping the man’s girlfriend.
Here’s the dinner meal Simmons requested, as announced by the Mississippi Department of Corrections:
One Pizza Hut medium super supreme deep dish (thin crust if available) pizza, double portion: tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, jalapeño pepper slices and pepperoni. Regular portion: 3 cheeses, olives, bell peppers, tomato, garlic and Italian sausage. Ten (8oz) packs of parmesan cheese, ten (8oz) packs of Ranch dressing, One (16oz) family size bag of Doritos nacho cheese chips, 8oz jalapeño nacho cheese, 4oz sliced jalapeño peppers, 2 large strawberry milkshakes, two (20oz) cherry Cokes, one super-sized order McDonald’s French fries (extra ketchup and mayonnaise) and two pints strawberry ice cream (any brand).
He ate at least half of it, prison officials said.
For breakfast, Simmons ate one serving of scrambled eggs and drank two boxes of milk and a cup of coffee, according to a department news release. He left a slice of ham, a serving of cold cereal and one biscuit.
His lunch was a serving of salad, half a meatloaf patty and half a cup of punch. He was also served, but didn’t eat, four ounces of rice, two pieces of cornbread and another half-cup of punch, the department said.
Texas no longer lets inmates order what they want to eat the last time they pick up a fork. The change was made in September after inmate Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered a huge meal, including chicken-fried steak and Blue Bell ice cream, but went to his death without touching it.
Brewer was executed Sept. 21 for the 1998 racially motivated dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a black man, in Jasper.
The day after Brewer’s execution, State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, asked Brad Livingston, director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to end the last-meal practice immediately. Livingston did.