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Monday, February 2, 2015

Criminal Justice Quote: Say Goodbye to Arnold Prieto

     A death-row inmate in Texas who confessed to murdering three elderly people with a screwdriver for just $100 was executed on Wednesday January 21, 2015. Arnold Prieto, 41, was declared dead at the state penitentiary in Huntsville…

     Prieto was sentenced to death for the triple murder committed during a 1993 robbery when he and two brothers were invited to the siblings' great-aunt and great-uncle's house for breakfast…A 72-year-old man and his 62-year-old wife, along with a 92-year-old woman, were in the house.

     Prieto and one of the brothers attacked the three victims with a screwdriver. Under the influence of cocaine, the trio of criminals ransacked the house, stealing jewelry and money. Splitting the cash found in a purse, each murderer ended up with $100. Prieto also received a gold chain, a crucifix pendant, a pair of earrings and a necklace. He pawned the stolen items for $140…

     One accomplice, a minor at the time, pleaded guilty and went to prison for life. The second brother was never charged.

"U.S. Screwdriver Killer Gets Executed," news24.com, January 22, 2015  

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