Danny Robbie Hembree Jr., a death row inmate in North Carolina, sent a chilling letter to his hometown newspaper on Wednesday, mocking the legal system for allowing him to live a life of leisure in prison.
Hembree -- who was convicted last November of the 2009 murder of Heather Catterton, 17, and is also accused of the murders of Randi Dean Saldana, 30, in 2009, and Deborah Ratchford, 30, in 1992 -- taunted society in his letter to The Gaston Gazette, telling them he spends his days watching color TV in the A.C., reading, takeing [sic] naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day.
He added that, although he is on death row, it is highly unlikely that his sentence will be carried out in the next 20 years if even, and concluded by challenging Gaston County citizens to petition the state and force them to carry out my murder sentence.
As of December, there were 158 inmates on death row in North Carolina. Of those inmates, 123 have been on death row for more than 10 years, and five have been on it for more than 20 years. The state has not executed anyone since 2006.
The Gaston County District Attorney's Office did not immediately return a request for comment. This page will be updated with any response.
Read the full text of Hembree's letter below, with the original spelling and grammar intact:
My name is Danny Hembree. I was tried in Gaston Co. by twelve of its fine citizens. I was found guilty of 1st degree capital murder and sentenced to death by Judge Beverly Beal on Nov. 18, 2011. The Great State of North Carolina's Dept. of Corr. was ordered to carry out my murder, or was it, or is it just another piece of the politition political money pie. I wonder if the public is aware that the cost of my first trial was a half a million dollars. Are they aware that the State has in place a system that automatically delays my lawful murder for years so that pieces of the money pie can continue to be passed around. Is the public aware that the chances of my lawful murder taking place in the next 20 years if even are very slim. Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of lesiure, watching color tv in the A.C., reading, takeing naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day. I'm housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7. There are a lot of good citizens who bloged on various web sites stating their opinions about me and the punishment that I deserve. Most of these blogs were made by anonymous cowards, but not all. I laugh at you self righteous clowns and I spit in the face of your so called justice system. The State of North Carolina has sentenced me to death but it's not real. You citizens of Gaston Co. should petition the State and force them to carry out my murder sentence instead of blindly taking it up the XXX from the State or are you to stupid to proceed. I am a man who is ready to except his unjust punishment and face God almighty with a clear consceince unlike you cowards and your cowardly system. Kill me if you can suckers.
Ha! Ha! Ha!