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Executed inmate's last words: 'I regret nothing'

Executed inmate's last words: 'I regret nothing'

CREATED Apr 25, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona death-row inmate executed for killing a Tucson college student used his last words to say he had no regrets.
   
Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Arnold Kemp was given a lethal injection Wednesday at the state prison in Florence. His time of death was 10:08 a.m.
   
As he lay strapped to a table in the death chamber, Kemp was asked if he had any final words. He responded that he did, then simply said: "I regret nothing."
   
The execution was the third in the state this year. It puts Arizona on pace to match its busiest year for executions and to make it one of the nation's busiest death-penalty states.
   
Kemp was sentenced to death for kidnapping 25-year-old Hector Soto Juarez from outside Juarez's Tucson home in July 1992. He then robbed Juarez before taking him to the desert near Marana and shooting him twice in the head.

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