Kenneth Edward Gentry
|Kenneth Edward Gentry|
|Born||Kenneth Edward Gentry
January 28, 1961
|Died||April 16, 1997 (aged 36)
|Cause of death||Execution by lethal injection|
|Nationality||Cherokee & white American|
|Other names||Used his brothers names|
|Occupation||Jack of many trades|
|Criminal penalty||Death (March 5, 1984)|
|Parent(s)||Elmer & Betty|
|Motive||Urged by his aunt and uncle to find a new identity|
|September 15, 1983|
Kenneth Edward Gentry was an American criminal who was executed on April 16, 1997 for the murder of 23-year-old Jimmy Don Ham. The crime took place in Lewisville, Texas in 1983, technically Pilot Point. Gentry previously escaped from a Georgia prison in July 1982 and was attempting to throw authorities off by assuming Ham's identity. He had been serving 10 years in prison for assault before his escape.
Prior to his execution, Gentry issued the following final statement: I'd like to thank the Lord for the past 14 years (on death row) to grow as a man and mature enough to accept what's happening here tonight. To my family, I'm happy. I'm going home to Jesus. As the lethal drugs began to flow, Gentry cried out: Sweet Jesus, here I come. Take me home. I'm going that way to see the Lord.