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Man yells ‘Go Cowboys!’ before execution

To many sports fans, allegiance to a team is a lifelong bond that cannot be broken.

On Wednesday, a Texas man took that bond with him to the end.

Jesse Joe Hernandez was executed by lethal injection for the 2001 beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at his Dallas home.

And moments before he took his final breath, Hernandez shouted “Go Cowboys!” in honor of his favorite team.

Hernandez, 47, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty in the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago. Borja was taken to a Dallas hospital in April 2001 with a skull fracture and bruises to his head, thigh and abdomen. His 4-year-old sister was wounded, but survived.

“Love y’all, man,” Hernandez said after he received his injection. “Thank you. I can feel it, taste it. It’s not bad.”

Hernandez was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. CDT.

NBC 5 in Dallas has the full story here.

Believe it or not, this has happened before. In 2007 Robert Cromer yelled “Go Raiders!” after receiving a lethal injected and Browns fan James Filiaggi said he would “use magic” to get Cleveland to the Super Bowl, just before he was executed.

(H/T Off the Bench)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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