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Va. court to review inmate’s death sentence

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to review the death sentences of an inmate who insists on being executed for killing two fellow prisoners.

Robert Gleason Jr. waived his appeals, but state law requires the Supreme Court to review all death sentences. That automatic review in Gleason’s case is set for Thursday.

Gleason pleaded guilty to the 2009 slaying of inmate Harvey Watson Jr. and the 2010 killing of prisoner Aaron Cooper. In interviews with The Associated Press and in court proceedings, Gleason vowed to keep killing unless he was given the death penalty.

His lawyers in the Cooper case make no recommendation to the Supreme Court. But his attorneys in the Watson case say a death sentence is inappropriate because prosecutors initially offered him a life sentence.

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