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Last Right: Missouri Inmate Executed for Killing 2 Jailers Gorged on Bacon Cheeseburgers, Fries, and Chocolate Shake in Final Meal

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Source: Missouri Department of Corrections

Jun. 7 2023, Published 2:34 p.m. ET

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An inmate in Missouri was executed for shooting and killing two jailers more than 20 years ago during a failed attempt to help his friend escape from jail, according to authorities.

Around 6:10 p.m. on June 6, Michael Tisius, 42, was pronounced dead after receiving a lethal injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre, officials said.

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Tisius was convicted for killing Leon Egley and Jason Acton at the Randolph County Jail on June 22, 2020, Fox News reported.

In his final statement, pictured above, Tisius wrote he was “holding tightly” to his faith and talked about how he couldn’t have “made things right” while still alive.

"I really did try to become a better man. I really tried hard to give as much as I could to as many as I could," Tisius said. "I tried to forgive others as I wish to be forgiven. And I pray that God will forgive those who condemn me. Just as He forgave those who condemned Him. I am sorry. And not because I am at the end. But because I truly am sorry."

A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Corrections said Tisius’ last meal consisted of two bacon cheeseburgers, curly fries, regular fries and a chocolate shake, Fox News reported.

The killings took place in 2020 when Tisius was jailed on a misdemeanor charge at the same county jail in Huntsville with inmate Roy Vance. Tisius was about to be released when the men discussed a plan for Tisius, once he got released, to come back and help Vance escape, Fox News reported.

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On June 22, 2020, Tisius and Vance’s girlfriend, Tracie Bulington, went to the jail and told Egley and Acton they were there to deliver cigarettes to Vance. However, Tisius had a pistol on him and during the altercation ended up shooting and killing both Egley and Acton, who were unarmed at the time.

Tisius found keys at the dispatch area but was unable to open Vance’s cell, officials said. Tisius and Bulington fled, but their car only made it 130 miles west of Huntsville before it broke down. Tisius confessed to the crimes, Fox News reported.

Bulington and Vance are serving life sentences on murder convictions.

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Tisius’ lawyers have been trying to fight the execution for years. They recently urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution stating a juror at a sentencing hearing was illiterate, which is in violation of Missouri law. The court rejected that motion on June 6.

They also rejected a previous attempt to block the execution by noting Tisius was just 19 at the time of the killings. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling bars executions of those under 18 when their crime occurred, so Tisius’ attorneys tried to argue that even at 19, he should have had his sentence commuted to life in prison without parole.


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