Ronald Phillips, 43, was executed in Ohio on Wednesday for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend’s daughter Sheila Marie Evans.
He severely beat the three-year-old and threw her against walls in Akron, Ohio
Phillips apologized to the child’s family as he lay on the execution table
He died about 10 minutes after giving his final statement. His last meal on Tuesday night was a large cheese pizza and a bottle of Pepsi.
His execution was Ohio’s first since a botched one in 2014
A child killer and rapist has been executed in Ohio after
apologizing to the three-year-old girl’s family, praying and shedding a tear.
Ronald Phillips, 43, was condemned to die for the 1993 rape and slaying of his girlfriend’s toddler daughter Sheila Marie
Evans in Akron.
As he lay on the execution table at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, he apologized to the child’s aunt and
half-sister, who were there to watch him die for his crimes.
‘I’m sorry you had to live so long with my evil actions. All those years I prayed you’d forgive me and find it in your heart
to forgive and have mercy on me,’ he said.
‘Sheila Marie did not deserve what I did to her. I know she is with the Lord and she suffers no more. I’m sorry to each and
every one of you that you lived with this pain all those years.’
Donna Hudson, the victim’s aunt, said: ‘God forgave him, but, I’m sorry, I don’t think I can.’
He appeared to pray and shed a tear before he died. He died about 10 minutes after giving his final statement. He showed
no signs of distress. His chin dropped and his belly heaved slightly as the lethal drugs were administered.
Phillips severely beat Sheila in the head, face and abdomen,
threw her against walls and dragged her by the hair. He also sexually assaulted her.
Phillips’ last meal on Tuesday consisted of a large cheese pizza with bell peppers and mushrooms, a two-liter bottle of
Pepsi and strawberry cheesecake, along with grape juice and a piece of unleavened bread.
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